Sorry folks, but I don't notice any difference at all. And yes, I played plenty today. I've played every day since 1.05. I certainly noticed the damage decrease a couple days ago (which they announced). As far as I'm concerned, it's still that way. In fact, I wouldn't have guessed a single thing has changed until I looked here on the forums.
This seems like nothing more than a case of massive confirmation bias. Yes, something seems strong when you have a huge pack of people backing it up. But it's not unheard of for fiction to be so well backed by a large throng of people. Note things like corroborating stories of alien abductions (they tend to discuss things together, and amongst all the talk, obviously similarities in stories will arise, and they use those similarities to strengthen their claims). It seems nice that so many people, without having met before, can share similar independent stories of alien abductions, but that doesn't make it anything other than claims not backed up by anything besides anecdotal evidence.
People tend to want to think that they cannot be faulted for their failures. This leads to a lot of selective perception, which means they're not objectively processing the picture as a whole, but rather, taking the bits that help confirm what they already want to believe. And when they see others on the forums doing the same thing, it strengthens their conviction
First of all, Mr Bottle, your choice of word, bias, is bias itself and it reflect on your own assessment of others whom had a different experience as you did.
It does not make you wrong or right if you had or have not experience the discussed issue.
Everyone is unique to his or her experiences.
Second, what do you mean they cannot be faulted for their failures? What kind of failures are you referring to? Are you meekly suggesting that for those who experienced differently from you, failed in their parts as they are not good enough in term of game playing skills to play with the game and progress? What form of data do you possesses that gave you access to make such judgment?
The patch 1.05, clearly wrote that monster damages have tweak gone down. Yet there is report / posts of different experiences. Is it not why Blizzard had the forum for? To have a community to feedback any observation and improve the game?
Third, It is indeed a discussion of selective perception. No one claim that is indeed a bug, a intention change or does it exist all together.
It is just a gamer posting what he experience and observed, while asking if there is anyone else beside him, are having the same encounter.
Fourth, without besides anecdotal evidence,( with your words ) there is no means or ways to confirm or dismiss regarding the discussed topic.
For those who are experiencing this issue, are giving their feedback and seeking a solution for a data explanation, verbal explanation from Blizzard, or someone kind enough to prove any evidences to confirm or dismiss the possible of damage increase.
I rather think this is a pretty good way of solving a issue.