What would you most like to see in the next expansion? This can be a character, an event, even something as esoteric as a theme. Just so long as it's not so all encompassing that it would devour the expansion entirely.
I would like to see the overarching story of the Alliance been about interracial cooperation with intra-racial discord, as a contrast to the Horde's prior storyline of interracial discord with intra-racial unity (Though it would perhaps be more fair to say intra-racial uniformity).
So while each race of the Alliance is quite dedicated to the Alliance, there is debate, dissension or even outright discord over the methods to express that.
For example, the Night Elves have a split between the main populace and the druids, over their perceived lack of loyalty to their people in allowing the Horde unchecked action in Ashenvale and Azshara during and following the Cataclysm. As a result, the druids lose much of their influence in Night Elf society and politics. Additionally, the Highborn capitalize on this, and make an effort to pick up the slack, and as a result enjoy an increasingly favourable view in Night Elf society, moving them away from their druidic, anti arcane roots (heh).
This theme is continued with each race, with a split in their society that pertains and is directly related to the Alliance actions in that expansion. If we propose that the Draenei split is about whether to make war, or to attempt to nurture, you have both camps out doing things aligned with their ethos to demonstrate how their goals aid the Alliance. Draenei Vindicators, say, are out leading charges against the enemy, and then relating it to their paste, decrying the passivity of their past and lamenting how action brought them low.
The Anchorites, in contrast, travel to offer succour, healing the wounded, negotiating, and the like, and demonstrate that a sword is not always the answer.
If what you most want to see would only primarily involve a specific race or faction, is there any way it can be expanded to include others, and if so, how?
I think the above is easily expandable to the other races. Night Elves have a split centered around Druidism and their neutral philosophy. Draenei have a split around action and the role they should take in the Army of Light, whether as facilitators, or leaders. Worgen could have a split about moving forward, and relegating Gilneas to the past, or reclaiming it, or about their curse, and whether to seek a permanent cure, or embrace it fully. Gnomes could have a split about their image, whether to demonstrate their value as more than a grease monkeys, or keep to their gadgets, in that while both are good, more glory and recognition is attached to the former, and that this recognition may be parlayed into increased value.
Humans could have many. Stormwind versus the other nations. War versus peace (a la Varian's decision in SoO), the disenfranchised versus the needs of the many.
Dwarves also have a good one. A split over the reintegration of the clans, and what that means. Perhaps a faction dedicated to Moira's son's claim, versus that of the Anvilmar clan.
I should be fair, and say I don't really know how Pandaren should be included in this picture.
What would you most hate to see happen in the next expansion? Again, this can be a character, an event, a theme.
A continuation of the past, in that the Horde runs around free to act like 'badasses' while no one, Alliance or neutral, calls them on it, or forces them to face the logical repercussions of their actions, and indeed often lavishes hefty praise upon them. It cheapens the story, and every faction in the game.
If there is a significant enough portion of the player population who want what you would hate the most, can you think of a way to mollify or satisfy that group, and if so, how?
No. I don't think they should be mollified if that is what they want. If the majority of the playerbase wants war, then they should have war from both sides. If the majority of the Horde wants war, then they should accept that logically this should make them distasteful to the Alliance and to the neutral factions, and should accept the consequences thereof.
Question 5. What is your favorite color?
Tough. Metallic shades, by and large, silver and black for preference.
I would like to see proof that the Alliance and the Horde are both taking legitimate steps to prevent another war. This, of course, includes work together against whatever gribblies are going to be primary stab targets. However, it should also include the Horde being very careful to act differently than Garrosh's interpretation, and a conscious Alliance effort to act both proactively in its own defense and careful of repeating an internment camp scenario in which they sow the seeds for future trouble.
This would include rectifying scenarios of both sides securing themselves. I'd love to see a set of matched Scenarios in which the Forsaken secure and rebuild parts of Alterac while Danath Trollbane secures Stromgarde. There could even be an unofficial Alliance, as Galen pitches in a few Forsaken troops to secure his homeland for his brother, and Danath responds in kind to secure Alterac for his brother and end the threat of the Syndicate.
This. Also perhaps with a storyline dedicated to the Forsaken ousting Sylvanas and her supporters in favour of a new leader developed to be more in keeping with Horde/Alliance relations.
For splits in the Horde (if we should go that way), that would be a good one for the Forsaken. A camp dedicated to Sylvanas, and virulently opposed to the Living, and another wanting to not bring the wrath of the world down on them, realizing that military strength will never be enough to save them in the face of their glaring weaknesses, and working to make their existence at least palatable, if not downright acceptable, to the other factions.
Orcs have a good one in the lingering loyalty to the ideals of Garrosh, and their pride, while another invests in growing beyond their recent past, and actually reconnecting with their roots. (( I have a mental image of a beginning level quest where you do the age of ascension/adulthood hunt. You are in a 'vehicle' quest, where you are armed with a spear/axe and sans armour, and have a new action bar with same basic abilities, and you must go into the wilds of Durotar/the Barrens, and kill a creature. There are varying levels of mobs to fight, and killing different ones will net you a different weapon with a unique texture, and maybe even a title. I think titles should be more prolific.))
Tauen have one similar to the Draenei. Action versus inaction, facilitation versus leadership. Some could view Baine as weak for his passivity in the prior troubles, thinking that if he had stepped forward in a more active manner, things would have been different. They think that they have a duty to lead and reshape the Horde now.
Trolls I think could be different. I think their little theme should be about combing the various troll tribes into the Horde, and getting a look at those cultures. ((Though I can't kick out the idea that for whatever reason, the Zandalari might turn to the Alliance. It is a stupidly persistant idea.))
Blood Elves would have a struggle towards their stance in the Horde, versus that with the Alliance. Bridges have been burned, and some of those rebuilt bridges have been burned again. But I think it would be interesting to see how some might view owing fealty to a troll now.
Goblins are tough for me. It is tough to move them out of their joke role, though for them and the Gnomes, I think this is incredibly important to do. So while keeping the mercantile theme is important, I think it needs other flavours to complement it, or at lest nuance it. For instance, in the Blank Scroll story, it was interesting to see the more unanced view Gallywix had of profits. Sure, if might be worth it in the short run to do something, but balancing that with a long view is important. Maybe ten bucks now isn't always as good as even five bucks down the road.
Again, no damn clue about Pandaren. I think they should get a unified pan faction development, but no clue how that would work.