I don't know about you guys, but I often get questions about what's the best gem for X class or Y class. Now if I happen to play that class and know what stats they stack, I can answer effectively. Or at least answer with what I think they should use, obviously not everyone agrees on this type of thing. But at least I can make intelligent suggestions which they are free to take or disregard.
But if I don't play that class, or perhaps just not a particular spec, then I'm at a loss. As a druid, I know what the healers should shoot for and to a lesser extent what the ferals prefer. But ask me about moonkin and I don't know squat. I have no idea what moonkins look for in stats, I can only assume it's the same as mages. I don't know what mages like, or pallies, or shammies of any spec. I don't know what MM or survival hunters prefer, cuz my hunter is beast-spec'd. For my toons, I do the research and I know what the recommended gems are because it's relevant to me.
I feel bad that I can't give people more information when they ask me these things, as a service provider I should be able to make suggestions. There are just too many specs and play-styles to really cover them all well, so for the most part it's up to the consumer to know what they need. Of course, the twenty questions thing can get pretty time-consuming too. This got me thinking, should we take the time to figure out what each class wants and be prepared to tell them? When it comes to blue gems, I feel it's fine to just ask what stats they like and try to suggest gems based on that information.
Meta-gems are kind of another ball of wax completely. They don't tend to be pure stat boosts, some of them are proc-based. Which makes them a weird hybrid between a gem and an enchant. For this, I think it would be better if we knew more about them and their intended recipient. Enchanters usually have a good idea what their enchants do and who they are appropriate for, perhaps we need to be able to do the same. In all likelihood, most players won't be familiar with the different meta-gems and what they can do, so as a seller we probably should be.
So I thought I'd put this out there and see if we can get the ball rolling. I've put together a poll that covers each class and (I hope) each spec. Let's see if we can get the community to weigh in on what the best meta-gems are for various classes, especially those who have experience with high level raiding. I think this information could be invaluable to casual players or those just jumping into the raiding arena. And it will enable us Jewelcrafters to do our jobs even better, in addition to selling our most lucrative gems =)
Meta Gem Preference Poll