I get the point of the thread. On the surface, you want Bashiok to address one sentence from one post from 3 years back, about replacing some vague lost feeling you get when leveling up. The fact that you would honestly expect that comes across as ridiculous, to me, at least. You really want a statement about a statement from 2008 regarding, not a feature, but a feature that is supposed to give the same "feeling" as a feature they have removed?
If that is your genuine intent, then ok. But I have news for you, you aren't going to get one. Ever. Not only does Blizzard discourage directly asking them questions on the forums, they aren't going to announce that they won't be able to deliver on a "feature" that never existed.
That is why I assumed you were actually !@#$%ing, because the above sentiment is too ridiculous to actually believe.
And if that is true, allow me to translate that Blizzard statement for you. "We are taking out the stat point system because we realized it was pretty terrible. If you liked it, too bad. Don't worry about it though, because the game will be solid, we know what we are doing, and you will like it anyhow."
Which I would largely agree with.
Lulz. At no point in this thread have I requested blue commentary, nor do I expect any. I'm certain you didn't bother to read the other 56 posts in the thread that weren't specifically addressed to you, but people actually had worthwhile input on the subject and I have gained a better understanding regarding what kind of leveling incentives D3 has to offer in the current build. It's a forum for discussion of a game under development, and if you feel it is inappropriate to discuss the issues that the developers themselves have provided commentary on in the past then I have no idea what you're doing posting on the D3 forums.
There are questions that only Blizzard can answer and that's fine. I don't really care if they choose to answer them or not. Based on the responses others have provided I see a couple of things that I had overlooked to this point. That's great for me - seems like a fairly constructive discussion from my end.
In your opinion there was very little 'sense' of achievement or reward when leveling up in D2. That's great for you, you won't notice a difference in D3. Others will. This discussion is geared towards 'others'. I'm sorry this thread took up precious forum space on your screen that could have otherwise been filled with endless moaning and trolling, which it appears is more up to your standards and expectations.