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#1 - 2012/02/15 05:41:00 PM
Creative Development once again opens the floodgates for questions pertaining to the lore of the Warcraft universe!

Our last two "Ask CDev" projects generated thousands of unique questions across all the different regions, but ultimately the Creative Development team was able to sift through the sea of inquiries to focus on the questions with the juiciest answers. You can see the results of the last two "Ask CDev" endeavors here:

Ask CDev #1:
http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/1008430853

Ask CDev #2:
http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2721372142

The rules of engagement this year are as follows:
* No restriction on the subject of your post, but keep in mind that questions that may be answered by the release of Mists of Pandaria will likely be overlooked; we don't want to spoil surprises!

* Please only ask one question in each post. If your post has more than one question (or if your question contains multiple parts), it will be overlooked. Also, it is recommended that you check the thread to see if your question has already been asked; duplicate questions will not have a greater chance of being answered.

* Questions will only be accepted for the first seven days, and the thread will be locked at 11:59 p.m. PDT on February 22.

* While the thread is open for questions, forum members are encouraged to go through the thread and "Like" or "Dislike" posts; voting on a post will increase or decrease (respectively) the probability of that question being answered.

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#82 - 2012/02/15 06:18:00 PM
Please remember to only ask questions directly relating to the lore (aka “story”) of the Warcraft universe; gameplay-related questions will be removed from the thread.

Also, please keep in mind the limit of one question per post - it helps us track questions much more easily when we begin the compilation process.

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#1299 - 2012/02/16 04:39:00 AM
Please keep discussions of questions and their ramifications out of this thread – we only want questions here.

Also, please refrain from “me too”-style posts. If you support a question being answered, click the “Like” button on it!

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#2436 - 2012/02/23 08:16:00 PM
The time for questions is at an end! The “Ask CDev” threads around the world are now locked, with almost four thousand questions posted between all the regions. Land sakes alive, we’re cooking with petrol now!

To provide some insight into how we will be moving forward, here is our current plan:
- Working with our web team, we will generate a spreadsheet containing every single question asked across every single region, with non-English questions receiving a translation pass.

- After all the questions are compiled, I will call upon the totality of my ocular fortitude and wade through every single question to remove any that:
  • Will be answered by the initial release of Mists of Pandaria
  • Were answered by previous “Ask CDev”s
  • Focused on gameplay or design concerns
  • We cannot answer without spoiling large plot points in future publications or game patches
    - With the remaining questions, the Creative Development publishing team will go through and further narrow the list down to three types:
  • Questions that our historians and story developers can answer easily
  • Questions that require a meeting with Chris Metzen, Dave Kosak, and the CDev story developers to answer
  • Questions that are worthwhile but won’t answer now due to time and bandwidth
    - We’ll then generate the answers that fit #1, and have a meeting (or two, or three) with Chris and Dave to generate the answers to #2.

    - With all the answers (probably totaling somewhere around twenty to thirty) generated, we’ll give them a final pass through our historians, then to Chris and Dave for ultimate approval.

    - Our copy editor does a copyedit pass, and then we hand the completed document off to our localization team to be localized into 7 or so languages.

    - One localization is done, we’ll post the answers on the various regional Story Forums.

    TL;DR version: Answers coming sometime between now and when the Andromeda galaxy crashes into the Milky Way!