I think the one of the reasons you have not been getting lots of complaints about the new system, is because many people were so disgusted, they simply left. I know of a very enthusiastic DDO video blogger that left to another game, because of this and the new epic classes. Not without doing a video about it, and harshly criticizing DDO. I guess you call this a sore suckhole sudden rage quit.
Now, talking about things that take FOREVER to do or fix. Artificers have been introduced since, when? 2011? Well, 2013 is basically over, you're talking about new things, but THE IRON DEFENDER STILL SUCKS. Worse than the aforementioned holes of the sucky suckholes. As soon as you start buffing them in the ship, they stop working. You go into a quest, and somewhere they will start working. Oh, so you buffed your dog to the max? Tough suckyhole luck! Not only do you have to stop to dismiss him, then recall him and NOW spend more SP, to rebuff him. Never mind you spent a lot of SP the first time to buff him SOME. Not much, because if you do, he stops working.
How is that fair? The dogs of the Druids and the Rangers don't have that problem. The skeleton of the wizard can be buffed up to his funny bone, and no bones about it. Why do the artificer still have to get the bottom of the barrel? Oh, and barrels and crates and vases, oh my! After a certain lvl they just HAVE to be broken ONE BY ONE, even if you are using three bolts at a time, and they are perfectly placed one behind the other. I'm sure this last one might not be a problem of just the Arti, but I thought I mention it.
The Iron defender problem is not even listed in the "known issues" although people have been reporting it since day one. Is there any reason for this suckhole suckness?