Wow has trade channel... Aka talk sh*t and spam channel. Ffxiv could benefit from city channels or a linked channel for all zones
I don't think it would help much. We're not splitting atoms here, if you had a more functional chat/UI system and some content to talk about, it would take care of itself. And with that, you'll attract more players.. Which is very necessary when you have anemic server populations.
So many people think just taking aspects from other MMOs will somehow turn this into a good product.. You need a solid game and an intuitive way to interact with it.. That's it. It's like a conversation with someone trying to get into shape. Work out more and eat healthier. "But.." "What about.." No. Do those two things and you will succeed. Don't and you won't.
I think you misinterpreted my post :D the infamous trade channel in WoW is full of spamming, trolling, and sh*t talking. It has little value really, there is rarely 'meaningful' discussion taking place other than Looking For Group type things.
However I agree that FFXIV does need an easier method to communicate, I've said it before and I'll say it again... I have 4-5 Linkshells, sometimes a party of people I'm playing with, and also the fact that crafting for me is spamming standard so I concentrated more on a movie while crafting makes it pretty hard to pay attention to /say and /shout in cities. It's way too much of a pain to switch between 4-5 linkshells, /p /s /shout and /tells... half the time I can't even respond in my Linkshells because it's just too convoluted to switch back and forth to answer someones simple question.
I do see people posting, mainly looking for leve link parties, or sp parties, sometimes the "instanced raids" but thats about it. This is pretty much limited to Ul`dah, from what I've seen.
TLDR; FFXIV needs to make a few communication tools more convient, /L1 - /L8 would be helpful, and a faster way to switch between linkshells, and faster response when typing. I think some sort of city chat would be useful - of course this comes at the prices of trolling, spamming, and sh*t talking but it might make things at least seem a little bit more lively. I apologize if this post is incoherent I'm still groggy from sleeping :D
EDIT:! Also, I find it completely bonkers that while in the kneeling crafting position you cannot switch linkshells... so during the time when I'm literally doing nothing (just pressing enter every 10 seconds) I can't talk to people in more than one LS... they could improve that. Edited, Sep 20th 2011 8:34am by RemVye