Mar 13th 2010 8:04PM "... But the one thing copyright does well, and was intended to do, is prevent one party from profiting off another party's work. ...."
I'm going to have disagree, and express my annoyance that this statement wasn't addressed because it's just allowing misinformation to spread. Preventing others from profiting off another's work has NOTHING to do with the intent of copyright law.
From the U.S. Constitution: "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." Its purpose is to encourage the creation of new works, period. The monopoly rights granted are the means to meet the law's goal, NOT the purpose.
Mar 10th 2010 5:54PM Here's some constructive criticism for your "constructive criticism":
Right off the bat you throw out a rhetorical question that essentially says "I don't think anyone who isn't beyond the first wing of ICC25 is qualified to write the Rogue column for Wow.com." There isn't really any other way to slice this statement other than a direct attack on Chase Christian's (and any other Rogue who hasn't downed Saurfang Jr.) knowledge of the Rogue class.
You talk about his articles being "rewordings" of others' "guides". I'm going to make an assumption here that you're talking about raiding guides. Looking over the history of Encrypted Text, I'd say that there are about a dozen or so raid specific articles that Chase has written. But you make a generalization that all but two of his articles are rehashed from various sources around the web (which is not always a bad thing, but you make it sound as if it is.)
You imply that Chase "reads up very well" but doesn't "have firsthand experience" as well as saying that his skill and knowledge are that of "an ordinary player." Again this really just comes off as an attack on his credentials, not very "constructive" of you.
You note (correctly) that there are other Rogue blogs on the web and that you even read one of them. You oddly say that you have 2 alts and list 3 classes (mage, hunter, druid) and imply that Chase's writing skills are simply not as good as the mage, hunter, and druid columnists. You would be making massive inroads to constructive criticism if you would provide some direct, concrete examples of what could be improved but that's just not happening here. So far I can only infer that you want more Rogue oriented in-depth raiding coverage.
And after implying that you don't feel Chase's writing is as good as some of the other class writers you immediately turn around and say you don't have a problem with his writing? Harvey Dent, is that you? You suggest a co-writer, which by itself is not a terrible thing, but taken with the rest of you comment it's like having decent condition used car coming in a barge of smashed up wrecks: no one is gonna take it seriously at this point. You mention end game raiding again, and concede that "WoW isn't totally about raiding"! Which is an understatement if I ever saw one. While Blizz's recent philosophy on raiding is that they want everyone to be able to enjoy the content, I'd be surprised if even 10% (1.1 million) of the worldwide player base are hitting the end game bosses. You condescend to say that Chase could still write about "rogueish" things, while the other writer covered raiding, gearing, & gemming, etc. At this point you're really coming off as the "I don't want to sound like a jerk, but..." guy. Whether you see it or not, it looks plain as day to others that you just plain don't think that Chase is that good at what he does, and have yet to offer up any solid examples why. It's just not an effective way to convince people to agree with you.
You finish with wanting to be able to refer other Rogues to Wow.com, "as many other rogue resources are a quite elitist and have some serious heavy math." And here's where lightbulb goes off: so you wrote all this just to say "I want ElitistJerks.com's Rogue forums distilled into a simplified article format minus the math and Wow.com doesn't do that."
While I won't pretend to speak for the Wow.com staff, I'd put 1000 Gold on them saying "Yeah... how about no."
(Hopefully I don't get body slammed by everyone else here for the huge wall o' text!)