Isn't that just ragequitters? Or people trying to be dramatic on the forums and "force" the developers to follow their whim on some pet issue of theirs?
A lot of it is people just fearmongering for attention, yes. They hope that threats of utter failure will motivate the developers to take them seriously. People have been telling Trion that Rift is dying and Rift will fail since headstart. Yet despite all the threats and prophecies of doom, the objective numbers show respectable growth.
What a lot of people either don't realize and/or refuse to accept is that the developers don't need the players to tell them what is going on with their game. The developer has a much better knowledge of how many people are playing and how many people have stopped playing/cancelled subs. They also have a much better knowledge of how many new players are joining the game, how many trial accounts are being converted to full accounts, etc.
It's the same thing with raiding/PvP. It's always nice to have extra eyes and ears on the ground to point the devs in the direction of something they may have overlooked, but nothing is changed based on a forum post. If it's something that sounds like a reasonable complaint, or is something that seems like its getting a lot of attention, the first thing the devs are going to do is compare what players are saying to the objective metrics. If they line up, they know a change may be in order. If what the forum whiners are saying doesn't match with what the objective numbers are saying, they know it's not that big of a deal.
Scott Hartsman commented before launch that he recognized the importance of player feedback in shaping the game and allowing it to improve, but he also knew that you don't adjust the game based on who screams the loudest. Right now there is a 141 page thread in the PvP and Warfront forums started by some guy who resents the fact that assassins can escape from a losing fight by using Slip Away. It's a pretty tragic read, albeit entertaining in a sick and twisted sort of way. And you can rest assured that the small handful of people who agree with the OP of that thread think that because it has so many pages the devs are going to change Slip Away.
Teehee. i give it a month after the thread dies down (if it ever does -.-) before one of the crybabies starts a new thread demanding to know why Slip Away hasn't changed yet. "100+ pages of a thread saying change it and you still haven't changed it amfg why do you ignore us I'm cancelling your game is dying you fail at life Trion haetz u all!!"