January 2011 Content Calendar said:Starting January 2011, magazine articles will be listed in their appropriate Dragon and Dungeon Table of Contents pages, but articles won’t be pinned to specific dates on the calendar. At the start of each week, we’ll post a news update announcing the magazine content that will appear that week.
This change will allow us greater flexibility to fully develop and edit articles as needed without requiring last-minute changes to the calendar. We will continue to evaluate and organize content across the site as needed in our effort to bring you the best possible Dungeons & Dragons material. As always, we welcome your thoughts and feedback; send them to dndinsider[MENTION=17465]Wizard[/MENTION]s.com.
I get why they are doing this - it's clear they were missing deadlines left and right with the online content. The whole Executioner Assassin debacle is clearly the latest instance of that.
That said, at this point in time, my trust in DDI has waned quite a bit. I can't take it in good faith when they say, "You'll get all these articles this month, we promise!" If they were having problems with deadlines before, this isn't going to change anything. Presumably there are still deadlines behind the scenes, and presumably they haven't changed.
I also don't understand why the month's content can't still be listed on the page, albeit not scheduled. The way it's set up now seems to obfuscate what is being offered each month.
I guess my question is, why even bother spending time on the Content Calendar any more? If it's not going to be an indication of the month's content, why waste resources? It's not as if, at this point, we believe you have resources to spare. Heck, I've long thought that DDI is critically understaffed. Just put out the TOC for Dungeon and Dragon each month, end of story.
I think, going a bit deeper, this just reinforces my thoughts that DDI is being mismanaged at every level.