yeah, but to have this x 8 is just insane overkill
Which is exactly what I love about this game. Sounds way more awesome than "safe, prudent moderation."
Bioware had a pretty good run of being able, somehow, to devote way more resources to a game than they reasonably should have been able to get away with. BGII was like that. DA:O felt like that to me, at least. SWTOR, of course, is the climax - the biggest example, and maybe the last. I suppose that kind of thing can't go on forever, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy it while it lasts.
Having said that...
Revisit your stance on Class Stories. Forget the old model. Come up with a smaller more focused additions on a periodic basis (not all class stories need to be augmented at the same time).
That sounds good to me. I go through content so slowly that if they released it in small chunks, I might never even notice. Personally I'd prefer all classes to be updated in unison, but I could live with one at a time.