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01.04.2012 , 02:26 PM | #1
Lets clarify a few things:

1. UI customization =/= third party addon's.

You don't necessarily need addon's for this, you just need addon's for this in WoW. People asking for UI tweeks should be specific about what they want, and if instead of addon's BW just makes it customizable as part of the UI, that solves your problem. If BW allows addon's that allow for customization, that also solves your problem. Be clear about what you don't like. Personally, I don't like:

a. self buff/debuff placement
b. enemy buff/debuff placement
c. cast bar placement
d. not being able to move my action bars/map
e. not enough action bars
f. lack of a "target of target" frame

2. Damage meters =/= third party addon's.

Wanting a damage meter or combat log again doesn't HAVE to come from a third party addon, it merely does in WoW. BW could make this part of the UI as well, or allow for third party addon's to deal with it. I'm very much in favor of being able to see what went wrong and what didn't, I don't really care where that info comes from.

3. Macro's/mouseover macros =/= third party addon's.

More of the same.

I post this because most of the people asking for addon's aren't really asking for addon's, they're asking for changes to the game/UI that aren't supported. Blizzard's route for dealing with these things was to allow for addon's and provide API hooks to let others solve their UI's shortcomings. (Which IMO was a brilliant way of doing it, it basically takes the pressure off them). It's not the ONLY solution though, it's just A solution.

I think that in order to solve the problems with the game, we need to identify the root cause of the issue by identifying the things that we want changed, not start with proposing solutions from other games that may or may not be the best way of going about it.

As another poster in a thread said, every patch in WoW broke your addon's, they needed to be updated/replaced, and many addon's have been built into WoW over the years.. Getting things built in may or may not be a better solution.
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