#1 - Aug. 25, 2012, 2:19 a.m.
We, the testers and players, (most of us anyway) completely understand how much work you devs are doing. We continue playing because we appreciate you and the work you do. We enjoy most of the changes and many times we realize months later the things we ask for are wrong.
Also, we have noticed that you have been listening to us. We have seen changes in things like BoA mounts that are exactly what we asked for.
But there are some things that just have us stumped. My main for years has been feral druid, and I play a lock pretty avidly as well. Frankly, the changes to SR are mostly incomprehensible. We have filled pages about our complaints and unrewarded and unnecessary complexity that seem to have fallen on deaf ears.
Now, we do NOT expect you to respond to us all the time, it would be impossible and exhausting, but there does need to be some communication into class design goals, especially when the community begins to reach consensus in our feedback.
SR for druids, along with the bizarre HT weaving we're forced to do now, along with the glaring problems of mana regen and just slightly too much simplicity of destro locks (caused in large part because of mana regen) are two examples of where just an ounce of feedback could go a long way.
A single post on a feral thread that said "we're aware of your frustrations, but we really believe this is the best course for the class" would go a long way towards keeping a happy community while literally asking for 15 seconds of time. If you can give us a reason that's even better, but if you can't, just let us know you see our problem but believe the dev team is right on this one.
And again, you don't have to do this to every thread, but we all know that the Feral thread and lock threads detailing the problems which plague the classes are exhausting and, for the most part, in agreement over the problems. Locks have come a long way, the remaining problems are just that, remaining, whereas the feral community has seen only a single blue post but is faced with baffling changes.
I know we're asking a little bit more of you all when you're already so taxed, but you will see results in community happiness (though lets be honest, some people will always be mad about something) :)
On a closing note in reference to the feral rotation, this link is a fabulous discussion of how the added complexity in warlocks from wrath to cata caused warlocks to virtually disappear outside of hardcore players, and I think it's very applicable to feral in MoP (I say this as someone who quit playing his lock in cata, and has picked it up again recently because of the streamlining that is happening in MoP to the lock class and the desire to quit feral after seeing the unnecessary complexity coming to the rotation).
tl;dr? You don't need to respond to every thread in the forums, but when the community is in agreement that there are large problems with a class or spec, communication will ensure happy players, even if all you can communicate is that the community is wrong.