I'm probably gonna go down in a flaming ball of rate-downs for this, but hear me out.
I tried a little experiment over the past week and didn't visit ZAM or any other discussion forums. My web use for FFXIV included only looking up recipes, NPC sale prices, and profiles and Yoshida's letters on Lodestone. I played alot this week, including getting 8 jobs to 20 or 30 and unlocking those level quests. I did the quests without guides, just exploring and actually reading the journal entries, and it was a blast. I partied, did a ton of behest, did a ton of leves with random strangers, fished, and crafted. Guess what? I had a tremendous amount of fun without the bias of what so many of you post here and elsewhere.
Today, I came back to the General Discussion forum to find the usual - nothing but ********* complaining, QQing, threats to quit, etc. Frankly, it disgusts me. It actually bothers me and makes me sad - technology is wonderful but the anonymity of the web has turned humanity into a bunch of whiners. Don't just look here for evidence, go anywhere there is a message board including major news websites and you'll see what I mean. SE will never win - many of you will complain about anything and everything. I look at Yoshida's letters and see that he is really trying (even if his humor is a little strange lol). I respect that. Keep in mind that he can't satisfy everyone, especially when different regions often have different criteria that we want.
So I'm out. Not from the game but from the forums. The game has its flaws, certainly, but alot of the stuff is minor and wouldn't have even bothered me if I hadn't come here and read a 3-page flamefest that only serves to remind me of the flaw and magnify it. My advice? Quit complaining, quit worrying about what everyone else is thinking, and just play the game. You might actually have a good time.