I am not out to make friends, or worry about who's toes I am stepping on. I just want everyone to know what is going on with the UO as we know it. Before I get flamed, I am not saying that everything about Stratics is horrible, just some broken directions. Whether this post includes you or if it doesnt, that is yours to call. Everyone wants this changed or that changed, this nerfed or that nerfed. Granted some things need to be changed and tweaked, but it is how EA gets the info to change these things that bothers me and alot of other people. The sad part is, when someone posts here on stratics about something being changed, you get alot of the comments " Yep, totally agree". Even though, half the people that post for changes dont even have a clue on what the changes involve. Heck, half the people just agree to the change to make their post count go higher or to make themselves feel better and let everyone know that they THINK they know what they are talking about. Anyway, EA then starts looking into why all these people on Stratics are complaining and get the "there must be something wrong with it" attitude. Then, rather than talking to the people that the changes actually involve, and I am not talking about the "appropriate forum" because they are just as corrupted, they talk about it on the main boards. That is the worst possible thing they can do. Why? You get the people that think they should be able do anything in game everyone else does, you get the people that think everything is unfair, you get the people that dont want to work for anything and you get the people that just want to be included in everything and want to make friends. Although some of you reading this have insight on certain things and know that some things need to be changed, the majority that call for a change have no clue. EA should talk specifically to the group that the changes involve. This is just an example: Pet balls need changing. EA/Mythic shouldnt talk to anyone about this other than Tamers and those directly involved. ie. PvPer's. Then when someone brought up about changing the pet balls, you had people that had never even been to Fel or even played a Tamer screaming for a change. Heck, some of the people that wanted a change havent even played UO for years. My personal opinion, yes they needed to change, and yes, I have a tamer thats doesnt go to fel and a a couple Fel chars that PvP. See, since I have at least one of the prerequisites ( Tamer and actively PvP ), I can ask for it to be looked at. Now, someone who has a house in fel but doesnt PvP or have a Tamer shouldnt have the right to guide the nerf bat or even put their 2 cents in. EA/Mythic should only use the feedback forms that are sent in and then talk to those involved. If someone has something that needs changed that involves Archers, EA/Mythic should ask for Archers input. And when I say Archers, I mean the ones that play them, not those who are waiting around to see if the Archery system gets enhanced so they dont have to learn how to play correctly. The same goes for any profession, Crafters, Fighters, RPer's, Idocer's...anyone. When doing investigations into possible changes, people that want to have a say in whether or not something gets implemented should have to prove they have a char directly involved with the possible changes. Not use biased and poisoned forums where everyone, even if they have no clue what they are talking about, has a chance to guide UO in the direction of torment and inconsistency.