Everyone here knows what the MM in MMORPG stands for, but I think there are a lot of players who do not really understand it. Without putting much thought into it, they underestimate the role that the community plays in the success or failure of a given game.
I began a thread soliciting some specific reasons that players hated a game that seemed to me to be receiving a lot of aggresively negative comments. One common complaint was the inevitable gankfest that would be inflicted upon all newcomers.
Now, I'm all for some serious PvP action, it's a core component in an MMO that will not play without. But after hearing from player after player who quit after the free trial for this reason, I couldn't help but wonder how many really great players would never end up fully giving the game of chance. The MMO is struggling, it's subscription base never reaching it's potential. Besides the developer, who else is going to lose out here? That's right.
The "hardcore" players out there need take some time to think about their community as a whole. Beware the elitism that will only thin out the subscription base. Think about the positive impact you could have by actually welcoming new players, offering them helps and assistance. Not calling them noobs.
There is a lot of complaining about MMO developers, and I've got a long list of my own complaints there, but in reality there's only so much we can do about that. But what can you, as a player, do to actually make a difference in the virtual world you are chosing to make your home?