Some of you might want to look at SE's previous history... theres a lot of it with FFXI seeing as that game has been around for longer than WOW.
SE are not big on communication. Especially on forums. In fact what you have seen posted on the official site is more than we had in a year on FFXI outside of "official patch information"
SE only do interim fixes on stuff that is broken. They will patch things in if its a change that will significantly address an issue for the players.
SE do large patches typically with three months in between each one. They are large, they usually contain quiet a chunk of content, plus changes, plus new systems e.t.c. Again go look at FFXI to get an idea of it.
If you want devs wasting time on forums discussing with players the ins and outs of their one particular issue then there is other games that do that much better. Personally I'm happy for the Devs to be coding and not sitting on forums.
I don't think any review is worthwhile until after the November patch. Once that first large patch is out the state of the game will be a lot clearer. Until then, enjoy it for what it is, or dont play it till then.
Devs in most other games don't "waste time" on forums, they pay Community Managers to relay info to the players. Hmm, who's SE's CM again? Oh, yeah.
And you don't think any review befor November is worthwhile? WHy is that? Are they releasing in November? Are there no boxes for sale on shelves yet? Is the game not live yet? Oh wait, the game is already going into its second month after release in two days, you say? Reviews are valid and very worthwhile.
And as far as the rest, if SE wishes to continue what you think is "normal" for them with FFXI, then I hope SE has a F2P contingency plan already laid out unless they're happy with their "new" mmo having even less subs than their old one.