Jul 26th 2009 4:24AM I think this could be useful because I think we need some group between the level of Character and Guild; many of us have friends we level with and could share some inventory with without granting access to those items to everyone in the guild. "Family" or "roommates" or some group along those lines might work for that. It could be possible to have more than one set of "roommates," unlike the constrictions of one guild. (It'd be equivalent of having an apartment in Dalaran and an apartment in Ironforge. Or it could be the equivalent of shared custody for children. Or college kids who have roommates at school and a family elsewhere. Or bigamists. Pick your own metaphor.)
Oct 9th 2008 11:29PM I've been subscribed to this for quite awhile; I may be more the target audience than some other posters, as I am leveling my first group of characters (one of each class, all between 60-62 now). It's been useful and interesting for me as a newer player because it let me know what instances I might want to think about, what regions might be appropriate, where I might need to go to look for professional materials or fish or whatever, what needs to happen battlegrounds, junk like that. (This is the part where somebody calls me a noob. Absolutely. Everybody has to level their first set of characters at some point, and now is when I'm doing mine. I am not one of those people who does asinine, even noobish things, to prove that I'm not a noob.)
It also let me know what rare spawns are in each zone, which was kind of fun; it was nice not to be totally clueless when I first came across King Mosh.
Now yeah, sometimes it's a little irritating to get the same "You might think about running Hellfire Ramparts" article nine times, but on the other hand, these articles are usually followed by "Here's how a holy pally is useful in Hellfire Ramparts" or "Here are the roles a frost mage might serve in Hellfire Ramparts," and those have been kind of fun and interesting (and reading some of these articles is the only reason I understand big chunks of Project Lore).
Right after the announcement that the company had been bought, each character received a newsletter that seemed to be a demo of the new format. I hope so, anyway, because although it was specific to the correct race & class, the individual articles were off; I was congratulated for reaching Honored with a Horde faction, but the discussion of Argent Dawn indicated a Friendly for a character who had just hit Revered. They haven't usually been that blatantly incorrect.
I've particularly found useful the discussion of every upgrade and new spell for each level, the occasional analysis of what I might do next with my talent builds, the occasional articles about professions, and the priorities of what each class might work on. Since I mostly solo in PvE, it was from articles in this more than my other resources (including my nightly WoW Insider visits) that I realized my hunter needed to practice trap kiting and my warrior was going to need to be more adept with stances before I play with big kids, stuff like that.
So yes, strong points and weak points, but all in all, this has been worthwhile for me, and I'm glad that now it will be free. (No, I do not work for this company; I just thought somebody should say something nice, and I'm happy to do that.)