Incoming long angry rant:
Okay, so the main reason why some people recognize my druid’s name is because I (used to) post on the ‘official’ WoW forums all the time. I spent several years posting pretty much daily on the druid forums, and put years into building a reputation for level-headed & constructive posts. Even when the overall quality of posters in the druid forum declined, it was still a useful forum for posting information for druids, for having discussions with other druids, and for providing feedback to Blizzard about what should be fixed. It was also possible to find really good, constructive, informative posts written by intelligent and thoughtful posters. When I got tired of the Druid Forum on any particular day, I could go hide in the Customer Service Forum, which is heavily monitored by Blizzard’s GM employees (and thus usually more productive in it’s own way).
The more recent addition of the “role forums” has made everything pretty much a mess. The druid forums still exist (due to popular demand to not take them down), but everyone’s resources and attention are now divided all over the place. Instead of spending my time in 2 forums (the Druid and Customer Service Forums), I’m now divided between 5 forums (druid, healing, tanking, damage dealing, and customer service forums). That would be fine, except that it’s hard to post on the healing or damage dealing forums right now if you are a druid. My years of posting on the druid forums meant that when I posted there, I had a very low probability of getting trolled if I tried to post something constructive, and that it was easy for us to self-monitor the most constructive of threads and help prevent them from straying off track. Right now, if I tried to post anything constructive on the role forums, I just get drowned by the sea of non-druids who are really only out there for blood, so I just avoid posting anything really constructive there at all, and the quality of my forum posting has declined significantly, so that now I’m sure people can’t tell a difference between my posts and the average troll post on the forum.
Being the “flavor of the month” class means that it’s open druid hunting on the role forums. Right now, a lot of the posts on the forum are basically “nerf druid” posts. It’s not that this is really a new thing, since resto PvP was very powerful during Burning Crusade. However, with the new role forums, it doesn’t matter what you post – you’ll get trolled. So, at some point, I kinda just gave up trying to post constructively on those forums. Do druids still have issues? Yes, however it’s not possible for us to express actual problems or concerns on the forums, because the other classes think that we’re 100% perfect all the time for everything. There are even “nerf moonkin pvp” threads that pop up on a regular basis, even with moonkin PvP quite possibly being one of the most difficult specs to do well as.
In the end, my frustration with the role forums was really what drove me to create this blog in the first place, since I needed a place to be able to express my constructive criticisms of the druid class without a hundred ‘lawl druids are fine’ posts to fill up the threads. It’s okay to talk about shaman and paladin problems in the healing forums right now, and that’s it. Everything else pretty much gets turned into a paladin or shaman thread. The damage dealing forum just has so many voices coming from different directions that things just get lost there faster than they get posted. I’m sure the tanking forum has problems in it’s own way, since druid tanks seem to be the angry mob’s punching-bag, as well.
/end angry rant