Nov 12th 2009 9:23AM =)
My gut tells me either Nov. 24th or Dec 1st.
I really don't have any info from official sources at the time however, so that's just my gut feeling.
Nov 11th 2009 11:48PM @Hammer:
I don't think you're making a mountain out of a molehill by any means. In fact, I think you started a very good discussion about how much pressure WoW.com can and should apply. I'm not saying that I agree with you on all points, and there's a certainly a fair amount about this subject that I cannot talk about in public, but in general I agree with you basic facts. From my perspective though, and here is where we'll just have to agree to disagree, this wasn't a situation where such pressure and tactics should have been applied.
I've seen Eurogamer do some of that stuff too, and they certainly have been in the right to do. There are cases where we'd do the same; post a letter we send to Blizzard, more or less demand a response. I can think of situations that would warrant such an action, I'm sure everyone can. But when we do that -- there will be reactions equal to our bold action. And being that at the end of the day, Blizzard doesn't have to say anything to us at all, there'd need to be some REALLY terrible that would warrant the "nuclear option" on our relationship with them. Posting "hey this is a problem" is different than "Hey this is a problem and here are pitchforks and your marching orders in the form an email we sent to the evil Dr. Blizzard!" We have to measure our responses very carefully because if we were to post such a letter, it would be taken to extremes by immature folks.
And because of all of this - the community outcry, the support WoW.com put behind it, and the maturity of the folks at the forefront (I give pixelatedGeek a lot of credit for setting the mature tone of this issue), the problem was solved today when Blizzard sent emails to the contest winners.
All quiet on the Western Azeroth front. ;-)
Nov 11th 2009 5:07PM ....
Nov 11th 2009 4:19PM Let me crack my editor fingers here for a minute and reply.
Blizzard is pretty sparse with their replies -- they are a very busy organization and PR has their hands full with lots of different issues. Should they reply to such an inquiry? Sure, it'd be nice. Will they? I don't know.
One thing that happens when we do ask about a story before we run it, is that we'd have to wait for a reply before being able to bring the issue to the attention of the community. That can mean sitting on things for a long time. And when their reply doesn't change the context of the story (in this case, the context is "people haven't gotten their prizes yet"), it's often better to run the story and seek out comment after the story is ran.
If Blizzard is able to respond to us, we'll update this post and/or make a new story providing their take on the matter.
Now with that said, we have asked them if they have any insight into the matter, and will take appropriate actions with any response they provide. But I also want to be clear about something:
There is not an adversarial relationship between WoW.com and Blizzard, just as we're not in bed with them either. We're not going to go pounding on their door to get answers; we're going to do it the way Joystiq and the entire Weblogs family works -- with professionalism and maturity, and with the understanding that we're here to present the story to our readers first and foremost -- with or without comment from an organization.
When people start emailing us and saying "Why don't you go yell at Blizzard! QQ!" and such things, we are never going to do that. We will take the appropriate professional steps, which as an editor for the site, I'm confident we have.
Nov 11th 2009 3:43PM When was "a few months ago"?
Also, please send me an email, the one you used to register for the contest with (the one you left a comment with on the post) to email@example.com.
I'll take a look.
Nov 11th 2009 10:50AM Yes, slow news day in WoW. At 3am. On a Wednesday.
Nov 10th 2009 9:09PM I'm going to step in an issue a warning: comments on this site must be respectful and free of profanity. Failure to do so will result in loss of commenting privileges, at least temporarily -- if not permanently.
Thank you for abiding by our code of conduct.
Nov 10th 2009 11:54AM Really? This argument, again?
If it was about the alliance, "QQ allianceinsider."
l2troll better. At least come up with something half witty so I can ban you over it. My banhammer is unsatisfied. :(
Nov 9th 2009 4:33PM According to this post by Zarhym, the total XP bonus is 20% (and subsequently 25% with the ring), which indicates an additive process rather than a multiplicative (ie: I'm right). Although I still welcome evidence that I'm wrong ("I tested it and I say you're wrong" isn't evidence).