I'd be surprised if we didn't see the patch 4.1 PTR in the next month, with the patch arriving on the live servers some time in April or May. I have no inside info on that; it's just speculation based on how long we've gone between patches before.
Several folks at Blizzard have stated in the past they were not happy with the way the Wrath patch cycle played out, so there will be some modification to the release structure, I'm sure.
Your "secret ID"
I use the LFG tool, and encounter a fool. A fool named Badman form Otherserver EU. I add him to my ignore list. 3 days later Badman decides to quit WoW forever, and deletes all his toons. 3 minutes after that another player on Otherserver EU discovers that the name Badman is available, and promptly makes a new toon by that name.
Is the new Badman on my ignore list?
No. Unless something has changed, the friends list, ignore, etc. are all based on secret IDs that we don't get to see. Those IDs are independent of the player's name. That is why when I change my toon's name from "paul" to "mauddib," everyone still has me on their friends lists.
Guild size and guild leveling
Has Blizzard ever outright stated what size of guild they were thinking of when they designed the guild leveling system?
Blizzard has stated in the past that the guild leveling system was designed for both small guilds and large guilds. Small guilds are ones that generally can only field the numbers for 10-man content, and large guilds are ones that can do multiple 10-mans or 25-mans. Obviously, the larger guild will have somewhat of an easier time reaching the cap each day, but the smaller guild shouldn't have too much of an issue, either.
We've not heard an actual number from Blizzard, and I doubt we will. But the system obviously isn't designed for a bank alt guild, although I'm sure there'll be someone who can prove me wrong here.
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