I realize I am definately in the minority, but I am simply much too impatient, I would not like to wait until Q3 for a release.
All of the additional goodness that would be added in by the increased beta length is of course something we would miss, but also something for which I would gladly pay an additional $20 for, assuming that the first expansion might be something which would include such content. I feel that as a consumer (and not primarily a beta tester), I owe it to you to provide you with funds for the goodness you produce.
Of course, I am in the minority, because I am not on the beta team (I simply wont have the time to dedicate, then, sadly) -- I think the majority of people who wrote "YES" many times are on the beta team -- quite obviously, they have nothing to lose and everytihng to gain. I think, however, that this is not fair primarily to YOU, the members of Stardock. So I would plead for: Early release, early first expansion -- for which of course the beta players can work their hearts off.
Thank you for listening and for your constructive criticism.