Lanie and Calliope,
Agree with you both -- I've been thinking myself that the reason they don't listen to the fans is because we are great at issuing threats of not watching, etc.; but not very effective when it comes to the consequence of the threat. Like raising kids, if you keep telling them they'll be ground for bad behavior but then never do it, you have no credibility.
Ah the good old days of watching soaps and yes, waiting impatiently for the next episode to see what was going to happen. I have pros and cons when it comes to spoilers. With the way these plots drag out these days, if we didn't have a hopeful spoiler that say "a wrong was going to be righted", I don't think I'd have the patience anymore to continue to watch.
Back to Lanie's point -- I've always wondered what would happen if we all not only stopped watching, but stopped venting on these message boards.