The article was okay, but if we step away from the forum thread for a second, I think it raises a very interesting question.
To what extent do you feel the feedback of WoW players, given by means of forum threads and publicized concerns, affect the future design decisions of Blizzard Developers?
It’s a good topic for discussion. How much voice do we have? What methods of voicing concerns have the best chance to be heard? How much affect does tone and presentation have on being taken seriously?
What examples do we have of changes made to the game or the way we play that arose from player concerns?
I personally wonder to what extent the Blizzard Authenticator owes it’s existence to those that have tirelessly pushed Blizzard for greater account security.
On a more personal level, I would like to quote this section of the WOW Insider article;
TBC is released. About a month later as most people hit 70 and begin running level 70 five mans and heroic dungeons, it becomes apparent that druids are one of the best tanks if not THE best tanks for 5 mans. Massive warrior QQ ensues. Result is that druid tanking is drastically nerfed..
Funny… I don’t FEEL drastically nerfed.
Does this butt look spongy? Soft?
I block with my FACE!
Nerf my big butt. [grumbles]