I figured I would come across as a fan boy, but I don't necessarily consider myself in that category. I am a professional software developer, so maybe that puts me in a different mindset when it comes to communication with the developers.
In any case, I think that whether you like or dislike a piece of software you can choose to be respectful to those that are creating it. I think a lot people are very rude/demanding on forums sometimes, just assuming that it's the internet and so there is not really a person on the other side of the screen, and if someone calls you on it, you can just say "I was just giving my opinion, that's what forums are for right?".
I guess I am just asking that people give their opinion in a more polite way. I really don't mind if your opinion is that the game is horrible. That is fine with me if you think that, but don't express it as though Derek/Brad/Cari/Scott/etc. are trying to ruin your life or sell you a lemon of a game. They are real people that care a lot more about the game than you probably do, and they want it to be good. If the game is just not your type of game, fair enough, give specific feedback and reasons for your dislike. If you want it to be better, then give specific examples and move on. I think a lot of folks in this thread have given good feedback, however, I was simply surprised at how negative it was.
I think people forget there are real people that read these messages, and I adamantly disagree that WoM would have been a better game had all the people complaining about it had their full say last summer. It would have resulted in the same game, but a loss of trust/openess with the community. The game was what it was because of design decisions and engine limitations (as has been hashed over by Frogboy many times).
I really wasn't calling out anyone specifically, I just had read the whole thread and it was really a negative feeling that came across. I can only imagine what the team felt when they read it. I was just hoping people would be a bit more positive.
I agree that spells should be affected by attributes. I want to see Intelligence play a bigger role in spell casting (as well as constitution or strength in summoning spells). I want to see more summoning spells, attribute affecting spells, special ability granting spells, etc. so don't think that I believe this game to be perfect in any way. I just choose to see what progress has been made and to acknowledge it while giving my feedback.