The poison and bile that was spit out of many of our forum-goers early on in this game's life was, sadly, expected for me.
I think that many of them may have been on the forums in many other games, sptting their poison there before they left:
GW2 -- very recent
It has become common for forums to be crowded with people "unhappy" with their playing experience within a month of getting the game, and many of them are former WoW players who expected the game to be as polished as their beloved Panda-Land (not always the case, I started with WoW, but have never really complained about any other MMOs)
I believe it wasn't the "mediocrity" of this game that "ruined" it, it was the ignorant, entitled players themselves. This game is great. It is like KOTOR 3, with multiplayer. There are a lot of people that would argue with me, but it is my strong opinion that SW:TOR is one of the best MMO's out there right now, even surpassing WoW in qaulity of gameplay. (I went back to WoW for a couple days, it was boring and the gameplay was absolutely stale, questing made me want to gouge out my eyes)
Completely agree - saw it in WAR and also was there reading general chat facepalming my self in January 2012 as people were complaining they had played TOR like it was a Asian MMO in which they had power grind'ed the game like it was 1999 to lvl 50, whilst "space barring" every conversation etc etc, only then to go and complain in chat its boring.
Also seeing people leave within the first 60 days quoting there isnt enough content etc etc was another odd moment.
To compare from memory TOR to World of Warcraft which had in its first year a down then big up in its first year (ending its first the year on a big high) but that was a different time where most MMO gamers today had never played a MMO and become attached, I personally think that gamers then were more sympathetic possibly to what a MMO should be on an global level and not just from a personal perspective?
I would say that most MMO gamers today have played a MMO before and that causes us all problems with any new game especially ones that are just starting. Its hard to not compare to your last game and its successes through rose tinted glasses. WoW has been around now for some time and is still going - possibly the gamers we see out and about are not ready for the next big game but have not yet come to turns the old one has gone but still sleeps in the room next door? just my two penneth chaps.