One other thing I wanted to share with you guys that I found in the Beta forums (yes I skulk around there in case something interesting pops up :P). Someone started a discussion about the tuning of quests in the starting zones. Of course this went on for three pages with bickering back and forth about whether they were too easy or reasonably challenging. What I loved about this is the original poster characterizing his gear saying it "isn't amazing (Hyjal/Badge stuff mostly)". Huh? If you got Hyjal gear bub, you're doing better than 75% of us other slobs who play the game. My guild didn't even make it into SSC before WotLK apathy killed our 25-man runs, so you'll get no sympathy from me!
So anyways.... the final post as of this writing (at the bottom of page 3) is from fellow tradeskills fanatic "El" of El's Extreme Angling. He actually takes the suggestion from Wryxian (Blizzard poster) and kits himself out in green gear to approximate the noobs who would be entering WotLK 'fresh off the cart'. After doing some 200 quests in both zones, he writes a nicely detailed comparison of Howling Fjord and Borean Tundra from the perspective of someone who isn't wearing raid level gear. I thought this post might be helpful to those of you who are pondering which zone to start with (or will be pondering between now and release). I for one appreciate El's methodical and thorough approach to the situation, instead of the usual slanted ravings that most people spew when they contribute to the forums.