Graph removed, and edited for clarity. People can't keep their eyes off it and focus on the topic of the post. (I'll admit, I shouldn't have put it there in the first place)
Convenience is king (of what we think we want, not what is necessarily best for us).
On face value it always sounds like a good deal:
- You never have to use LFG chat again! Hey, that sure was somewhat tedious. YAY!
- LFD/LFR makes it easy to gear alts. Hurray, sounds great!
- Playing with your friends X-Realm. Sounds good!
- Because talking to anyone would be a bad idea.
- Because being a guild is just a waste of time.
- Because making new friends on your server is difficult.
These pro-convenience features are all about avoiding the community. We no longer have to talk to anyone to experience the whole game, in an genre where the 'social' aspect of the game is its 'core feature'. When everyone you play with is just a random face, that you'll never see again, there's no incentive to be cordial, competent, or even present. It's not as if MMO's really stand on their own with just their gameplay, presentation, or storytelling.
"We should just build new features focused on making these other features work."
One step forward, and two steps back, feature creep:
LFD/LFR'ers are rude, incompetent, or afk:
Use Kick feature
Kick is abused (kick diminishing return is added)
Kick DR is unbiased and doesn't realize that your kicks are legit (can't kick)
Build a new system of kicking that analyzes the situation to make sure people aren't kicking frivolously
(I'm sorry, this doesn't even sound remotely possible.)
None of this makes people behave better, it just an anonymous punishment. Vengeance may make you 'feel' good, but it doesn't solve very much.
Humans are simply better at vetting other humans, than computers are. We evolved, over millions of years to doing it after all, and computers have only been around for decades. I feel if we want to have a good community, to have a more fun game, and hopefully make Blizz to more $ -- we should just get rid of these features.
"Once you've given someone convenience, you can't just take it away!"
Sure you can. And what's the worst that can happen? Subs are already falling as fast as they ever rose to begin with.
"If you get rid of X-Server play we're going to huge have queue times on BG's and barren regions on some servers"
Be somewhat aggressive in merging servers, and instate a faction quota. Get it balanced, and try to keep it that way.
Do you think I am right, or wrong? And please answer with why.