Dridzt, thanks. That's what I was getting at, apologies for being overly longwinded. I understand the changes taking place, and agree with them. But we need to take these "Curse sucks, wowace ruled" posts and ask them why. Lessons learned from wowace's popularity, intended or not, should be applied to Curse and not just ignored. Now if these complainers can't come up with anything other than "Curse sucks," they can be ignored.
Tristanian, I apologize if it sounded like I was making a broad accusation. Please keep in mind how things look to someone who isn't used to the behaviour of some people here though. A newcomer, who might be a valuable member for the community, sees the same hostile post as the incorrigible individual it was intended for. They may not understand the attitude in the context it's meant. I know some people don't care about their reputations, but what they post represents the community as a whole, especially if the community is tolerant of it. It's sad, because many of them are people I respect and look up to. I don't want to see people turned away though.
Elsia, there's a little red triangle with an exclamation in it to the lower left of a post. This will report it. I totally agree that people need to be treated civilly. In the worst case scenario either ignore or report a truly problem user.
wowace wasn't just a distribution site, it was a pioneer in distribution. That's why it ended up so popular. WAU accomplished what several other sites attempted before and have attempted since, and failed. files.wowace.com was a true masterpiece of simplicity, a place to go, get an addon, and get going with no nonsense. The devs here didn't just develop addons, but an infrastructure surrounding the development, testing, and distribution of addons. That's the truth of it. wowace became a one stop shop for addon use, and now people just expect things to stay that way. This goes double for the "power user," the person who knows enough to get dirty when they need to and truly appreciates not having to deal with the hand holding and mind numbing of a traditional front end.
Personally, rather than hating the users, you all should be proud of yourselves. All this hostility is uncalled for and unnecessary and truly disappointing. Let the people complain, and either in a week or two they'll be singing praises, or they'll wander off to another community to harass them instead. Handing out flames just encourages trolls to show up and makes you look bad :(.