So after receiving the email survey "Help make DDO a better game!" I thought of including this but I have my doubts about how many of the written comments are actually read when the simple data mining the multiple choices question results is more "Exec" friendly (they like numbers and percentages because it's quicker and simpler) conclusions.
Please, for the love of the game, stop messing with systems that don't need it. After the Xpac, please concentrate on QUALITY content. Well thought out, developed and implemented ideas. Concentrate on debugging new content. Listen to the community. You literally have hundreds of good ideas here yet, you still go in completely the opposite direction. A few examples come to mind:
Secret Doors, Spellcraft and Spell Power added to skills. Stealth. Etc, etc.
It seems in part like your having some developers that are moving on and have the opportunity to do some things that they haven't been able to (or maybe they are pet peeves of a developer). This can lead to some shortcuts (INT for Spellcraft when only less than 50% of caster classes use INT as a primary stat skills. Should be INT AND CHA Skill) Fantastic, I realize what's done or in the works probably won't be discarded but you yourselves have admitted that the system/code behind the scenes is extremely fragile. Your not going to see Cardiothoracic Surgeons doing open heart surgery on a patient who is 90 yrs old. There's a reason for it. Your much more likely to kill them than help them. So it seem logical that one wouldn't really want to become the "Bull in a china shop". Which I think is an accurate representation of what we have seen since in the last few years.
Developers tweaking things here and there is obviously required but the PRODUCERS need to keep in mind these system changes aren't going to boost and retain players numbers. (Some, yes, but not a majority) So what will:
Allow developers the creative freedom to create and build simply great content.
I believe it's that simple. And this is where I will stop. Any more "wordy" and people will stop reading.
And the ubiquitous disclaimer: I only speak for myself and the people whom I play and converse with on a regular basis. Your opinion may vary. At least I hope it does.