Re: Points 2 and 3.
Mmmnh, I disagree with that sentiment.
The thing is, it's not like you have to do anything special with a fish to understand it, it's not like identifying items, is it? One doesn't immediately need to know the exact nature of something. It's discovery! I wonder if the great navigators of the naval era were disappointed that they didn't have the world handed to them on a plate, and that they actually had to explore and discover to learn.
If you want to know what a fish or a scroll does, use it. If you have a poor memory though from that point on, well that's another issue, isn't it? You see, there I could concur. Perhaps some sort of notepad or in-game lore book would help, as with a notepad one could note what various fish and scrolls do, and a lore book could update with information on fish and scrolls as they're discovered and used. But beyond that, I really don't think we need to take away that sense of discovery, of using a fish for the first time to see what it does.
Re: Point 5.
There's a very good mod that all ready does this, search for Brandon's gem icon mod and you'll find it. If you're the sort who religiously believes that mods are akin to some kind of evil sexual fetish, then you won't be able to benefit from it, but it's there if you choose to use it. It's up to you.
Re: Point 6.
Really? Those yellow names you see, those are developers. I see posts made by these people all the time, so much so that I've become quite familiar with them and I recognise their names when I see them, and I remember what they've said, and what their particular areas of expertise are.
Given how frequently they post around the forums, this point is either misguided, uninformed, or just inexcusable, unashamed, unabashed trolling.
They're always talking to us, they don't have the time to check every thread, but then there's always that tiny -- yet oh so valid -- consideration that they are just human, and not robotic entities that can follow every little thing posted on this forum, develop patches for their game, and produce an MMO. What they do, however, is all that we could ever ask and expect of them: the best that they can.
And I'm sure they wouldn't be averse to you sending them a PM, if there are any pressing issues you feel that strongly about.
I'm many things: a transhumanist, an imagineer, a werewolf fan, and an amateur hypnotist even. But perhaps the most important to keep in mind is that I'm an old-master at tongue-firmly-placed-in-cheek.