I know exactly what he's talking about with LFG. Two main changes in Cataclysm (and one just prior to) made it less fun, I guarantee you that this is 100% the reason why LFG kinda sucks now:
1. Changing from emblems/badges to points. The Justice/Valor point system is just not as rewarding. Maybe it could be if the amount you received for killing a boss and completing an instance were increased, and/or costs for items were decreased. The way it is now, it just doesn't feel like each boss kill, or instance run, gets you that much closer to a new item as it used to. Attaching Justice/Valor gear progression to an array of factions was a mistake, too.
2. This one kinda ties in with the first point, there are not enough dungeons to run in Normal mode. I don't know what they were thinking with MoP (Cata was only slightly better), making all but four instances Heroic-only. If you're a casual player and you hit level 90, but don't have the gear level to go straight to Heroics, what do you do? Scenarios? Nowhere near as fun or rewarding as 5-mans. Hitting level cap is so jarring now, and has been since Cataclysm. All of the 5-mans at launch should have been tuned for Normal modes while levelling through Pandaria, and we should have received 1-3 more with 5.2 and 5.4. Scenarios should never have been seen as replacement content, but supplementary content.
3. This one came prior to Cataclysm, but I think it was a mistake: Removing dungeon dailies. I spotted the two FoS achievements I have the other day, "Timear Foresees" and whatever the other one was, for completing all the Dalaran daily dungeon quests. It was fun, unpredictable and so much more rewarding than the daily bonus for the LFG system.
Edit: Just as a final point, I'd like to add that I also think that doing away with tabards was a huge mistake. Blizzard and some players disagree on this, but I think it was a much better way of gaining rep.
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#GamerGate has as much to do with misogyny and hatred as atheism has to do with the Big Bang Theory - belief in the BBT is completely separate to the assertion that there is no conclusive proof that any god exists. #GamerGate is about ethics in video game journalism. Misogyny is an optional extra of a vocal minority.
What no flying while leveling does, regardless of opinions is this:
1) Makes the world dangerous again. You have to pay attention to your surroundings, watch where you are going. This is a large part of what makes it adventurous whether you recognize it or not.
2) Forces you to learn the land. You use your map more, look at your surroundings more, become familiar with the zones more. This is what exploration is. It doesn't matter whether you enjoy it, that's what it is about.
3) On PvP servers (which I don't like) it makes other players dangerous again, which makes the world more alive.
4) Makes people going for server firsts for leveling and professions on a more even ground.
There are more intricate ways of explaining it, but it's a good thing they don't allow flying off the bat. I personally think I enjoy the game with flying as an addition, but really want a more increased speed at this point on the ground and in the air.
Ironically I don't have any problems with LFR at all, ain't been mandatory for some time, what I was stating was I have a problem with people QQing bout LFR because they don't have the social skills to be in a guild. The one caveat to that is if you can't commit to one because of time which hopefully Flex will address in 5.4.
Example, you ding level 36 and a new ability pops into your bar (Current Model)
In TBC I tried Horde for the first time and played through most of the low level zones exactly as they had existed in Vanilla - through quests I learned about what it meant to be a member of the Horde under Thrall's rule, and other stuff like what it meant to be a druid and how my class had its importance in Azeroth... even though it meant questing and travelling all over to get answers it was just something I had to see the end of and it worked in taking my mind off all the travel.