I played FFXI way back when (okay over 6 years ago LOL) and I have noticed a difference in the community this time around.
Now, granted, we are working with an incomplete game that is basically still in beta, still lacking certain necessary facilities (mail system is my greatest beef right now as I can live with the bizarre bazaar and will appreciate it more with search functionality). However, I am noticing that the community this time around is vastly different.
I posted on here way back and people answered threads in regards to questions as to where to level at a certain level, how to get a hold of certain drops and various other issues. It seems to me that a grand majority of threads are about the lack of this or the lack of that. It is getting to the point that when I scroll through the new posts, all I see are threads about SP issues, AH issues (or the lack of one), and other posts. There is little content on here for players to find out how to get ahead in the game. IMHO Zam is about offering up a space for players from various servers to share information on the game and how to succeed.
We have a current level cap of 50, and NM's are coming out in a week or so. Yet there is little information for people to figure out how to spec out their class, how to get to 50, how to do anything. I am pretty sure that the NM's will be lvl 50 fights. That is pretty much a given considering the level of the armour that can be garnered from the tokens that come from the faction leves.
So, my question is, are we too focused on what is not in the game to the absolute exclusion of what is there, and is the community here different this time around?