OP, basically there is no relation between forums posters and the player base in general. Of the 12 people at my office who played WOW, I was the only one who looked at the forums. All but two quit during cata. A lot of them quit because they didn't progress at all. they managed to get 3 bosses into Firelands and then just had wipe after wipe. I have recently started playing again and have not played long enough to see if things have changed. The majority of players don't want super hard content. They play to have fun and want to feel like they are progressing.