From the other end of the gamer spectrum, Lume the Mad offers his perspective on reaching the end of the Burning Crusade, and the meta-game represented by the world first race.
A few choice words, on the matter of quality vs. the time it took to produce:
I think the fact of the matter remains that raiders are going to defeat content faster than Blizzard can simply produce it. And faster production lowers the quality. It would be similar to asking Nintendo to put out a new Zelda game every six months, because players beat each in the first week or two. It’s just simply not going to happen. And I’d rather have a quality experience every nine months than a terrible experience every few. I know some people will disagree, but it’s funny considering people complained how BT was relatively easy and called for something more difficult. And now that something more difficult and higher in quality has been produced, people are complaining about the time it took to produce it. It’s a huge cliché, but: “You can’t please everyone.”
About Blizzard destroying the high-end raiding scene:
I don’t think there’s anything they [Blizzard] can do to destroy it [the high-end raiding scene] other than to make every single instance as easy and boring as, say, Molten Core. As long as the content is at least somewhat decent in quality and there’s a guild willing to go the distance to be number one, it will never die. People might note their surprise and disappointment about how quickly the content was defeated, but the fact of the matter is that people will still follow whoever the top guild is through that content.
Ah, heck, just go ahead and read it all here at the source.