What the **** is your problem?
I am not convinced that you have "confirmed the effect of DEX" based on the data you have presented.
But you don't care what I believe, though you should. Whether you like it or not, I am your ideal audience. I play FFXIV. I play exclusively DoW classes. I am deeply interested in the workings of DEX. If you can convince me that something is the case, you would change the way I build my character. And not just mine, but thousands of other characters. Tens of thousands.
Maybe you have not have played FFXI. Maybe you weren't around during the last 8 years as people tested this mechanic and that trying to make sense of a game as super-secretive as FFXI. Maybe you are not aware of the systems of belief that sprung from incorrect information, some of which are still hailed today as correct.
Intuition. Superstition. Many people too easily believe what they see, read and hear. But this is a video game, and "feeling" doesn't increase hit rates, drop rates, damage and so on (not in any games I've played, anyway). Yet some people cling to feeling and wrong knowledge regardless; this being an MMO, we are bound to run into those people.
So what the **** is my problem? It is not you personally, OP. And it is not necessarily your work, which may very well prove correct. It is, as Caesura points out, another thread--one more voice in a cacophony of voices from people who "know how X works now," but lack a convincing amount of data. There are so many people on these forums and the internet in general who are quick to bob their heads and change their game plan. Whether the information is correct or not is inconsequential to them; it is the latest test, it has a bunch of replies and it has math in it, so that is good enough for them.
Do you, OP, honestly want to appeal to them instead of us who rightly ask for more?
If you want to be persuasive, you need to thoroughly stand out. Kanican's enmity testing for FFXI
is exemplar. Granted, testing something like enmity is more complex than DEX v. hit rates, but you can see what it takes to become a voice of authority in the community rather than just a voice. I am not saying you must make a blog and spend months on testing to make a valid point, but it goes to show how far we as a community have come from "carrying a four-leaf mandragora bud adds TH because I got the item I wanted."
Also: don't let the cuddly, smiley-facey, ratey-uppy image of ZAM convince you that everyone who posts here is a polite automaton looking for someone to congratulate. Some of us are interested in the gritty workings of the game and are also courageous enough to disagree with good reason or criticize. If you made this thread specifically for a treat and a pat on the head, it would have been better if you had never made the thread at all.
tl;dr--The years of bold "testers" who have come before you have made me hypercritical, sarcastic and bitter. Don't take it personal, OP, but test more
if you actually care about the discovery instead of the glory of discovery. Edited, Oct 26th 2010 9:08pm by Almalexia