I saw the following message and after reading some of the responses I felt inclined to actually offer some ideas rather than just say what I think about the server population issues we all know about.
I made a character on Stormrage last week just to see what it's like. When I logged out I was unable to get back into the server again until a few days ago.Originally Posted by 94755647721
I wasn't planning to move to Stormrage and after what I saw the que time ALONE is a deterrent enough for me to not want go there or any other Full or Locked server. I'd been warned when I logged in the first time the server frequently locks up during peak hours but at the time WoW was between Midsummer and Darkmoon Faire. Am I to believe "Peak Hours" are 18 of 24 hours?
I pay a monthly subscription just like everyone else here. Why should I spend 20-90 minutes waiting to play? The way I see it, the people who "justify" playing on these overcrowded servers need to realize what the Vanilla Generation and most of my fellow TBC Generation (still) need to let sink in: It's not just about them.
From a financial standpoint Blizzard stands to lose subs in people on the low-pop servers who have been told for YEARS now that something will be done. Some have already left. Some are waiting for that "quick fix" they know deep down is just wishful thinking.
To clarify I've never played on a low pop server. Medium-Low Pop yes but not an actual low pop server. I'm just amazed with this response. Basically what I'm reading is despite the fact obvious options are staring Blizzard in the face they refuse to use them.
The biggest one that comes to mind for me is Blizzard just selectively moving people and guilds from full servers to low-pop servers. Give notice yes but at the end of the day, everyone knows that option is technically on the table.
A more inclusive alternative would be to survey people and guilds on the high-pop servers and offer to transfer them free of charge to the low-pop server of their choice. If they agree to it they get credited with WoW time or virtual store credit to buy a mount or a pet (form the Blizzard Store).
Another carrot is giving people who agree to move to low-pop servers a Feat of Strength ("Big Fish to Small Pond" or something similar) and the option to consolidate all of their characters on the full server to low pop servers. If a whole guild moves, for the first month their Fast Track and Cash Flow Perks are increased to 75% for a month.
Yet another incentive program to give folks who voluntarily move to low-pop servers (free of charge) is to give them all three past and present Recruit a Friend Mounts. They would also get a Feat of Strength recognizing their selfless act of charity.
Look. I understand Server Loyalty. I know that for some people just being on the same server as one of the Top US Raiding Guilds is important. It's all the more reason they should take the initiative and just move to low-pop servers. There is talent to be found on servers like Maiev and Darrowmere. You just gotta go get it.
Don't forget there's also the old saying about trying something new.
Fee free to post your thoughts on what I said or the server population issues in general.