Over at the Wizards of the Coast Dungeons & Dragons Insider News page, Randy Buehler turns the table on the community in his article by asking us a few questions. What's not clear to me is who he is addressing; but let's just assume he means everyone. What is also not clear to me is what the point of the News was... to ask for community advice about the layout of the DDI website and to plug the Facebook app? Aren't they launching DDI in less than one month?
Here are my comments to some points he made, and my replies to his questions:
"This playtest [of the barbarian] is a perfect example of the kind of "Insider" access that you'll get as a subscriber. "
So, we get to pay for beta-testing something. That's a novel idea... Maybe you should just role it out to RPGA to test it - that's what has been done in the past. Oh wait.. you likely have corporate amnesia about that.
"I'm not super interested in arguing about whether we're actually doing what we said we're going to do."
Oh? Well, that's OK. How about a polite, honest, and open discourse on the topic? Would that be alright? I'll have my people call your people. KK?
"Are the updates too hard to find?"
"Is our schedule too difficult to follow?"
"Is it good to see the Table of Contents ahead of time because it promotes interest and discussion, or is the tease a net negative?"
Come on! Are you kidding?
"Is our website navigation so confusing that you didn't even know there was a Table of Contents or thrice-weekly content updates?"
Its fine, I've seen worse.
"These are issues that we're actively debating right now as we plan for the medium and long-term future of our website."
Wait... so... aren't you launching DDI in 1 month? And you currently you do not have a medium or long term plan for DDI? What the heck? That's... an interesting business model...
"In closing I want to give an update on our 5-week old Facebook application, D&D: Tiny Adventures."
I see.. so is this the real point of the "update'?
I don't see what the heck the point of this news update was for. Is the layout of the D&D website such a major issue that he needs to turn to his community for feedback? Why not ask us for feedback on the DDI product itself - and how we are perceiving it out here in on the Netz...