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5-07-2010 @ 1:19PM
Seeing all the UNUSED notations in this file is neither surprising nor worrisome. It looks like this file is an unexpurgated version, showing numerous indications of implementation details that will never be seen by players. This file contains many areas that are obviously used only by Blizzard personnel, including Programmer Isle, Designer Island, GM Island, Development Land, etc. It also seems to include areas that were allocated temporarily for development purposes, e.g. "Mage Quarter DELETE ME".From a software development perspective, there is value in not reusing a subzone number but in assigning new numbers following an implementation change. Note also that many of these changes were almost certainly historical and not a consequence of the Cataclysm development. For example, the capital cities were apparently originally implemented as subzones of the larger zones they are part of and then later the cities were promoted to full zone status with subzones of their own. Under Teldrassil, Darnassus and the areas within the city are all marked as UNUSED (840, 854-859), yet further down in the file (1566-1571, i.e. later in the development sequence) Darnassus reappears with all of its familiar subzones. Corresponding changes are evident for Stormwind, Orgrimmar, and Thunder Bluff. Curiously, many subzones of Ironforge, Exodar, Undercity, and Silvermoon City are absent from this list.All I'm trying to say is don't be alarmed just because you see something in this file with an odd notation. In many cases there is probably a good explanation and it might not be indicative of something coming in Cataclysm.
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