I dunno if this has been posted before and sorry if it has, but this might interest those of you who were wondering the rough history of FFXI. It took about a year for it to get straightened out, possibly slower than what FFXIV seems to be. In addition, Square-Enix didn't seem to give a crap as much back then, now they're actually listening a good deal to the feedback and acting immediately. Perhaps that's just due to the poor state of the game at the moment, who knows?
FFXI also started out pretty rough and did not have a remote fraction of the content it has now. It also had a refund process for the first bit due to server problems.
I just went two years into the future for a minute because I have the ability to do that and FFXIV was amazing, everybody who quit became very sad with their lives. I'd suggest people use this quiet, contentless time to just level several classes so they're ready for the big stuff when it comes. Or wait and catch up, whatever.