The Stardock Community is not the Blizzard BBS. I've deeply enjoyed these forums for the level of insight and clarity of ideas, mixed with various points of view, and large amount of thought that goes into each and every post. For the past couple of weeks, we've seen more and more mentions of DotA - more so than the previous builds. I'm reminded of how the forum was before the release of Beta 1, when many players had no real idea on how the game played - but felt they had a lot they wanted to say. We all come upon a new game and hope it is the jewel we've been wanting in our guts for the longest time, and no doubt it's very hard to keep all of those feelings and desired bottled up for long.
Jinx, your comments are appreciated and welcome. I for one feel that perhaps the tone in which you take in them is more forceful than we'd enjoy. Insights about your DotA experience are priceless indeed, and we look forward to see how discussions build as the next phase of beta takes root. At the moment there is a feeling that although your intentions are well, that perhaps they also may be premature. Many posters here have done well to keep saying that "Demigod is not DotA", along with a great number of points that have risen in the past week. Most of us are patiently waiting to see how things have changed and developed over the past month and a half.
Conversations about game mechanics at this time are too ill informed and one sided. The community reacts better when you provide insight based on what you've done in the game, and you use ingame examples, and elements of clear detail to suggest where there can be some improving. But without this, all of these new threads are merely broods of text that have been written once before, just now rematerialized four or fix months later.
I insist that people try to be more patient, keep discussions of this matter limited to Impulse's IRC Demigod channel. The end of the week is coming, we're all excited, and the closer it get the more we just feel as though we are fit to burst. Even I was like that, I tend to vent my emotions into Guide Writing, that is because I can, and I know not everyone has played the game. So perhaps what would be a vastly helpful thing that a person of your experience can do, is instead of saying "You obviouslly haven't played DotA" in every other post - consider making a complete catalogue of everything you know from DotA. Provide screenshots and examples, clear obsevations of what make things work in that game and how.
Don't mention how it can relate to Demigod or not, just make a DotA-Dictionary as it were and feed the community knowledge that may help in your arguments, and also may benefit the developers as well. That is the most constructive thing I can think of, and I feel we could really use that kind of first-hand resource here on the forums.
Stardock Community is a constructive one, always has been. To be a part of it, you too must learn to be constructive.