Never in my life have I ever felt like rating something down as much as I do now.
First off, Thayos, you are level 15. That's easily achievable in less than a single day. You have no right to be writing this editorial. I'm willing to bet you haven't even thought of alternatives, rather you're just jumping on the "OMG WE NEED AN AUCTION HOUSE" bandwagon.
I do not understand this weird obsession with people wanting to use the market wards. If you hate them, do not use them. There are alternatives to using the market wards.
First off, crafters WANT to sell things to people. Amazing, isn't it? Look up an item you want, and find a crafter to make it for you. Done. You don't even need to set food in the wards for this. They don't have a needed ingredient? Either it's stupidly rare/obscure such as Sunrise Tellin/beastkin blood, or you should just go find another crafter.
I have a feeling that the people that complain about the wards don't go to the right spot to look, or are looking for something unreasonable. Lets say the game just released, and you wanted a Hedgemole needle. You check every single ward, and there's absolutely no hedgemole needles. Is it the game's fault? No, it's because there is absolutely no supply of hedgemole needles. Auction house or not, that will not fix it
There's really no doubt that the wards are not up to standards. However, that doesn't mean "omg we need auction house now". A search function is fine, but until then, do you know what's even better? Talking to people. Try it sometime.
Did you read the editorial? he is talking about the alternatives.
Besides... the game is struggling and it needs efficient game tools to retain(and hopefully attract) as much players as it can, the AH is simply more efficient to find what you need than the market wards.
If by your standards that makes it a "Bandwagon" I will:
A) Happily "jump in"
B) Try to remember this new and strange use for the word.
Additionally, have you seriously tried to find a crafer?, you know... regardless the fact that you will need 3 or 4 of them to put any decent item together, it's just plain hard to find them, yet convince them to make 4-5 synthesis to complete your item (that is if they don't fail some of them)
So the market wards are not standard... and that doesn't mean that we need an Auction House (according to you at least) and then the solution is... talk to people? seriously? how!? I'd love to know.
P.D. You know what I have grown tired about... about people asking me "Hey Ken, if you see XXX, buy as much as you can, I need that item and can't find it", ohh wait... maybe that's the intended market system after all >.>