I'm overjoyed, to be honest. No, really.
Here's why: Beta 6 was supposed to be their "stress test" right? They didn't even get a hiccup. In the 15 minutes I spent attempting to get in, I saw all but 4 of the servers flashing from high to full population, and the other 4 at medium, and that combined with the obvious server stability issues is a tell-tale sign that there are WAAAAAAAAAY too many people for them to support.
The upside to this is that considering the "stress test" event was the highest populated event to date, then this must be a number of participants that Trion had absolutely no clue was even possible let alone likely. This means way more people got interested than they were expecting, and they were already expecting numbers similar to AoC and WAR, which had very large early participation compared to the "industry standard."
This could go one of two ways, I'll mention the bad first because I'm a very optimistic person and hoping to all the gods that it isn't the way things will end up... result #1 is Trion doesn't have backup servers ready to handle the excess; if this is the case, people will be disappointed that they didn't get on/had to wait and be discouraged (if this was their first beta event) or it could even mean they don't have spare servers ready for release, which would be far worse, in fact VERY bad. Result #2 is that they do have spare servers, they bring them online, and Blizzard cries in the corner at the sheer number of people that are logging into RIFT instead of WoW tonight :)
Let's hope/pray/think happy thoughts for option #2 and rejoice that either way, RIFT got way more notice than anyone ever expected. (and don't worry, the chances of option #1 are slim, and even if they did not have servers ready at the moment, with all the preorder money rolling in they can afford to bring more server systems into the mix)
Your Friendly Neighborhood Spec-builder, Ehli-san!
-~I'm not a strategist, I'm a tactician. Strategy is what you plan out ahead of time, tactics are what you do when you're in the thick, blades swinging and blood flowing. No strategist ever lives to become a hero.~-