The mill levels themselves don't boost production, but you do get a follower that will do that when you have the level 3 lumber mill.
Why does Blizzard make most UI menus clip off chat? Do they expect everyone to use custom UIs or chat addons? It gets really tiresome having to close them to respond to someone then reopen them.
You've stumbled upon one of the more troubling aspects of the UI, and I think that there's a lot that Blizzard needs to work on still. Keep in mind that it's substantially better than it used to be, but by modern standards it still lags behind.
That said, however, you are correct -- Blizzard does seem to design with the fact in mind that many players will eventually mod their interface. This isn't a bad thing either; they allow so much customization that it has let an entire part of the community flurish and design the game in better ways than they could. Blizzard recognizes the power of group-sourcing things, and that's a huge positive for a multinational.
What's your relationship with Blizzard? Do they own you guys?
We are not owned by Blizzard, but we do have a good relationship with them. We don't talk every day, for sure, but we have lines of communication open with them as needed. They know us, we know them, we get along pretty well. Granted, it always didn't used to be like this -- there was a time when it was pretty antsy -- but now we've got a great professional relationship going on with Big Blue.
They know that we're independent, and we have always been such. We never run things by their PR department, and we're not beholden to any generic confidentiality agreement or anything. In certain circumstances we do sign things, but that's on an individual basis so we can get access to content earlier. All that means is that we don't talk about it until the agreed upon date. This is good for everyone, including the community we service.
I hear a lot that we're just a mouth piece for them -- nothing could be further from the truth.
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