I'll interpret it as SE having not really learned anything about giving their playerbase what they want, and so among many other factors it will increase the odds that I won't buy the game.
It's not what playerbase wants, it's just some loud forum speakers wants.
ElderGame is a very good link to read (thanks Zamzelette) and a tend to agree with some statements such as MMO company should really hear creative, productive ot somehow interesting ideas, ways to use current content or just bugs. And what not should be heard is whine about unsatisfaction of certain players on forums, especially ones like "gimme that or I quit!!!".
Because forums is a place of so-known "flame wars" (or forum wars) that even with good moderation convert any "opinion" topic into pile of garbage as some people use all sort of techniques (offense, derailing, trolling, excessive posts, harassment etc) to put emphasis on what they want and eliminate any objections - even at the expense of other wishes. I, myself, also get used to flame if I want or doesn't want something in the game. Not only my voice will be "louder" but also loudest voice tends to drive uncertain people which make it looks like that idea is more popular as it is in reality.
My opinion is if SE wants to know opinion about something - it should ask it directly some players via community sites, e-mails or something like that anonymously and not just read it on a public forum. Edited, Aug 11th 2009 4:14pm by Phess