Sorry, I missed the post. Perhaps you could put a link in here? I've been sort of informally testing the direction theory for quite a while now. All my synthing sessions, I alternate between N and NW. I have seen no difference, even when squinting hard.
It was a very long time ago and no way am I digging it up. I don't even remember the title. It's probably almost 2 years old now, if that helps.
Frankly if people want to keep doing the hokey pokey for their voodoo crafting it doesn't hurt me, but yes, it is a little annoying that I wasted all that time of mine just so they'd save themselves a few seconds of time and in the end they still do it.
O HAY GUZY I JUSS FOUND OUT DAT WANIN GIBBUS IZ DA BEST DAY 2 CRAFT
SPRED TEH WURD
Seriously, unless someone has recorded data with controlled variables suggesting otherwise that they want to share, they need to just cut the crap with direction.
The only way direction has any effect at all on crafting is if it has a relationship with another variable that hasn't yet been explored.
In other words, facing W for a certain kind of crystal does not effect direction in and of itself. Facing W on certain days or certain times or certain phases of the moon, who knows. There could be a different correct direction to face on Firesday during New Moon, and then the direction could change for Firesday during Full Moon, and change yet again for Watersday during Full Moon at 5:00.
But it's not as simple as Crystal+ Direction= Win. There is no linear improvement in direction to crystal relationships. Not in success rate or HQ rate. (I haven't tested skillup rates and I'm not going to)
Ok, now we're going to get slash fiction of Wint x Kachi somehere... rule 34 and all...
Never confuse your inference as the listener for an implication of the speaker.
Good games are subjective like good food is subjective. You're not going to seriously tell me that there's not a psychological basis for why pizza is great and lutefisk is revolting. The thing about subjectivity is that, as subjects go, humans actually have a great deal in common.