Excellent post Ironclans, although I never reply to forum posts, I felt compelled to after reading this. It just plain appears that Turbine is just not listening to rank and file players, but sycophants. I have spoken to many peeps on Gland about the upcoming changes - and they generally are NOT happy.
I have played this game for a long time, (this is my second newer account) and always felt that the Devs were too arrogant in their opinions of their "fixes", and not very creative in there "fixes." I play this game because I enjoy it. I also pay for the game which pays your salary. Get it Devs? Your "fixes" in the past have sucked the enjoyment and entertainment right out of classes that I used to like to play. You almost lost this game at one point, and you don't seem to have learned from your mistakes. Maybe its time for players to just put this game out of its misery, and leave. I will wait and see, but I personally am growing a little tired of the "screw the player" attitude to which you so arrogantly adhere. This has cost you millions of dollars in lost subscriptions, and saddled this game with a not-so-positive reputation amongst the gaming magazine writers. I miss the hundreds of people I met over the years that quit - not necessarily because of the nerfs - but because they felt that you didn't care about what the players wanted.
Can you tell me how much more revenue you would have if you were able to have saved just 3% of the people who have quit this game? As I said before I do enjoy the game, admittedly more because I have fun with the PLAYERS that I play with - not because I enjoy your nerfs.
Who wants to guess how long it will be before they strike my post?