As regards the Council being an excuse to ignore the various forums... Sapience has been pretty clear about stating, in public, that the Council is meant to function as a supplement to the existing forms of player feedback -- which includes the Suggestions forum and various class-specific forums --, not a replacement for them.
[b][SIZE=3][COLOR="#FFFFFF"]Cainwen Ciaphas[/COLOR][/SIZE][/b][COLOR="#C3C3C3"], Captain of Crickhollow, [url=http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Literature/CiaphasCain]HERO OF MIDDLE EARTH[/url]!!!
[i]I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered![/i] My opinions are my own![/color]