With all the moaning I saw over the last few years in XI (CoP was to hard, lvl to 75 takes to long, End game drops to difficult to get, etc, etc), and with the limited amount of info given by the FFXIV Devs do you think that the depth of FFXI will be scaled back to make it more new player friendly experience and a game for the less hardcore. If this happens do you think it wil be a good or a bad thing?
If by "depth of FFXI" you mean "time wasted bored to tears waiting to experience the depth of FFXI" yes, I think they're going to scale back the unproductive time sinks. I think they realize that they have no choice but to do so if they want FFXIV to be a success. They can work whatever magic they have in store for FFXIV however they see fit, and I do not in any way expect that they will be able to fully eliminate the wait for/occasional difficulty in finding groups for group content.
I do, however, expect that the game will be presented in such a way that you have a great many other things you can do to progress your character so that if it takes you even a week to find a group for that next mission/group quest/whatever, you're still happily occupied and feeling like your monthly fees are being put to good use.