Actually, people are going to need relief months from now as well. Do you think homes and infrastructure can be reconstructed in two weeks? Disasters can take years to recover from, well after most people have moved on to the next cause du jour and forgotten about those still struggling to rebuild their lives. I'm gonna go out on a limb and suggest that you've never been on the wrong end of a natural disaster if you think that recovery efforts will be over for Sandy by the time 5.1 drops.
I didn't post to say that relief has an expiration date. I posted to point out the source of the cynicism which has flabbergasted our mighty Blue poster. For most people, perception is reality, and in this case, it's not difficult to perceive that disaster relief might be a second priority.
Do I feel that way? No, I think it's great that Blizzard offers a way for us to help out, and I think it's great that we get something out of it, even if that's not the reason we might donate. But I also can't ignore the way Blizzard has discussed this. This situation is one of those things where they would have been much better off not making an announcement until that patch went live. Or at the very least, sorting out a way to get the donation process going as soon as they made the announcement.
It's hard for people to be patient when it comes to helping those in need. This comes across as a fumble on Blizzard's part, no matter their intentions, and that could cause some people to decide not to donate.
11/10/2012 01:58 AMYes, YOU don't need to wait to donate. Don't pass the buck to blizzard, man up and donate NOW, yourself. Unless you work for Blizzard and see EVERYTHING that goes on and know EXACTLY what it takes for them to do this, then shut-up. You're acting like everything can be done RIGHT THIS INSTANT, that all it takes is someone to flip a switch and everything is fixed and done. Be realistic.
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I didn't pass the buck to Blizzard. You should read my entire post this time. In it, I point out how Blizzard isn't Fema, and how it's not their job to provide disaster relief. But you wouldn't know that, cuz you didn't bother reading past what you quoted. Nothing you quoted is unreasonable, especially considering the importance of this issue. People want to help out, and they can of course do it in other ways than through Blizzard's promotion.
But that has nothing to do with the issue here, and unfortunately, neither does your post.
People are way too tightly wound and overly-analytical these days. It's a good thing Blizz is doing. I don't care how and when, just that they are. It's a nice thing. If people feel they want to get their money to the victims sooner, it's on them, they can do that. Just the fact that Blizz brought this up has made me consider that. I don't necessarily want a reward for giving, or some cool t-shirt when others suffer. However, in this case, its not RL its virtual, you can't exactly take it with you, and really, it's quite self-righteous to be attacking people who are just trying to do a bit of good.