I prefer to play with people who would rather group than solo when possible, than those who would prefer to solo everything they possibly can.
I prefer to play with people who give some sort of warning when they know they'll have to leave soon than those who just vanish without a word.
I prefer to play with people who say "characters" instead of "toons".
I prefer to play with people who say "DD" instead of "DPS" when referring to a class that is neither a tank nor a healer.
I prefer to play with people who are more focused on conversation with their party than speeding through everything.
I prefer to play with people who party together to accomplish goals and who make new friends easily, rather than people who are only in it till they get what they wanted and can leave.
If you don't like WoW or WoW players, just say "I don't like WoW, or WoW players"
but from all the horror stories I've heard about the maturity (or should I say immaturity) of the average player in there, I'd rather let WoW continue to dominate the market than have their population migrate to FFXIV.
Yea, that's why there were two factions, so the Horde of adults could beat down the 12 y/o alliance ;)
And for the record, when the boss has 21 MILLION HP, you don't measure your damage with BDN. You measure it in DPS. a 15-25k attack is nothing, especially when you're in a group with 24 other people, 20 of which are putting out comprable numbers :P
FFXI could learn a few things from WoW tho. Not so long ago Blizzard implimented a dungeon system that allows you to LFG across all servers [dungeons in WoW are instanced, kinda like how Dynamis was, only the lower versions in WoW are for 5 person parties]
Sure, on an off night as a damage dealer you could sit there for 15-20 minutes between parties, but at least it wasn't days/weeks like the later periods in FFXI.
As for strat vs speed? I'm sorry, but they NEED to pick it up some. As a BLM leveling 65-75 it was an absolute NIGHTMARE of 8-12 hour days pressing only a few buttons every fight >< Staring at the same scenery for hours upon hours. . . .That part I don't miss.