http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/3988232669 Part 1
http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/4015344810 Part 2
http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/4038616990 Part 3
http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/4063009077 Part 4
I am making this thread in Blizzard's defense, because I am personally satisfied with the current UI of battle.net and would like to create a forum environment to praise it's strengths.
Maybe if enough goes on in this thread, that Blizzard will see it and can give themselves a big pat on the back, and see that some of us think they are doing a great job!
I am personally really fond of the current chat channel UI. It's really small, so you don't have to look at all the stuff that everyone says. Sometimes I don't like to read what xXSNIPERXx has to say, or what xPOOPFEAST420x is raging about; and with these nifty little chat tools, I can just simply scroll over what they say.
I also am really fond of being invited into secret channels against my will. For example, one time I was invited into a chat channel called "lol you suck" after I lost to a silver leaguer on ladder. Him and his Gold league friends told me what I could do to do better. I blocked him after the game because he was rude, and without this function, I wouldn't have learned those valuable lessons.
Speaking of blocking communication between players. I actually really like being able to not receive messages from other players, but be able to send them messages anyways. This way I can give them friendly advice on how to improve their game without them trying to start an argument with me.
No LAN? No Problem!
As far as tournaments go, I think that the occassional lag here, and the possibility of a disconnect there makes the game seem more realistic and earn its grit as a sport. Just like football players have to deal with errant weather. These occasional technical dificulties really make it easy for me to relate a high level tournament to my own ladder play, because these things happen to me just like they happen to the pros.
And of course there is piracy. I watched all three Pirates of the Carribean movies with my girlfriends in junior high, and if not having LAN keeps those kind of people away from playing this game, then I'm all for it. I feel much safer not having to play with pirates.
Here is a video of Husky or HD's dad explaining why lack of LAN is a good thing in Starcraft 2.
I personally am not very good at this game. It's really challenging, so I like that Blizzard does it's job and hide's my failures, which would inevitably discourage me from playing this game.
I personally would like it if they implemented a few other changes as well, to make the game less intimidating for me to play.
These are some ideas that my friend threw together. He has his GED, a degree in Dental Assistance, and a MBA in Engineering, and he made these on his really nice computer:
I think Blizzard should sell these options in their online store. I would be the first to buy them, followed by 500,000 others at $9.99 USD a download.
My mom even suggested that maybe Blizzard could implement a rewards program called "Raynor Fun Bucks" where you get $1 in Raynor Fun Bucks for every gl, hf, and gg you say. Then us good guys will be able to cash in and get some encouraging mods to our game for being nice!
So if you guys want Blizzard to hear about this and feel good about the great job they are doing, discuss how you really feel right here! If the thread fills, I will create another one, and hopefully we can get more than the other guys in that other thread where everyone is against having a great game with an awesome UI!
EDIT FEB 29TH 4:38AM CST
The lack of clan support makes it so pros will honor their commitment to a team since they can't change their name. EG probably would have bought HuK a long time ago if there was clan support. My friend who works for EG said that the reason why they took so long was because they had to raise enough money to buy him another account so he could change it from LiquidHuK to EGHuK.
They may have also considered getting rid of iNcontroL awhile ago, too, if there was clan support. For the longest time, he showed no results, and was really slumping. Now we are getting into my own conspiracy theory here, but I think that EG would have kicked him off awhile ago if they didn't already have a whopping $60 invested in having his name have EG in front of it. EG is practically the Wal-Mart of eSports, so I wouldn't have been surpised if they dropped him like a bag of hot rice. I really like iNcontroL, so I am thankful for the lack of LAN, because I personally think it is what kept his career alive until he found himself as EG captain.
Special thanks to BcDewtrocity for pointing out that I forgot to address "Clan Support"