A quick search for terms like “balance”, “viability” and other trendy words from the vernacular of the MMORPG will show up many posts speaking about the following situation which is the one I have been relating to:
“I was gladly playing the game without visiting forums and official discords, until some changes prompted me to check the forums and learn that the changes were prompted by vocal players flooding the forums”.
One of the most literal messages of this sort I saw answering the question about the fact that there is no core game control over players acts other than admin powers and server setup.
However those responses are all around the forum in relation to changes that the “playerbase” ask for.
I am sure the devs know this, however they have legitimate reasons to not take this so hardly, but forum posters are not the majority or a signficant part of the playerbase. And if forums were not being lately a strong driving force of some decisions, it would be a lesser chunk yet, because people in general like the game as it is and do not care about some details some forum posters hold so dearly.
If you take the routine of checking out the posting history of most complaints about issues that are non-issues, you see most of these posters complaining are mass complainers about just anything, from the color of a given armor, to the order of the hairs in the character creation (yes, there is one such case).
So yes, people who are actually happy with the game cant just not care about the forum, and we must come here and express our disagreement with things that trend in forums, otherwise the game is being changed by forum feedback alone, and changing things that many people liked just because no one came here to say it is good as it is.
And I would like, and I often tell people I play with or in my discord, to come and tell the things they like so no one go changing them because some people who would complain about anything gets things changed and then go complain about everything just to have something to complain about.