You may have already seen this since many of you no doubt follow the blog of Kiltedyaksman - Discourse and Dragons - but just in case you missed it he pointed to a post on a blog I didn't know existed. It's an open letter to WotC by labgrrl of the UAD&D blog, a post she has titled Dear Wizards of the Coast... in which she clearly spells out where she thinks WotC is going wrong in their approach to D&D Next, and the direction in which she believes they should go instead if the brand is to survive.
She has the professional background to back up her statement and is a passionate gamer besides. If the subject of D&D Next is of any interest to you I encourage you to read her post. It's quite long so make sure you grab yourself a cuppa first. I don't particularly care if anyone at WotC takes her advice, but I have to say it's the most sensible advice I've seen from anyone so far and she's made a believer of me.
On a personal note I wish labgrrl all the best in her fight with a fatal condition, may she have decades of gaming ahead with her family and friends.