1. Newer monks will get some insights into why one skill is popular. For some of the comparisons I have in mind, one skill is going to be used a lot more than the other. Hopefully threads like these will help newbies understand *why* that is.
2. Experienced monks might learn something new. Everyone who's been around for a while is familiar with the cookie cutters. But maybe there's something else out there which would work better with your particular gear, or play-style, or just give you that pimp-smooth feeling for which you've always yearned.
3. Maybe the dev's learn something. I don't suspect the monk forums are highly watched, but who knows, maybe the dev's are interested in knowing why so many people chose serenity over inner sanctuary, or conviction over retribution (those are terrible examples . . . I'd be shocked if the dev's don't know the answers to those particular comparisons).
So anyway, I'm hoping people will chime in to say why they're using one skill over another. I'd say it's also fair game to discuss what it would take to get you to switch. Patch 1.07 is obviously focused on buffing the damage of certain skills. Will it be enough to get you to switch? If not, why not?
First up, sweeping wind versus exploding palm. Way back when these two skills were both generators, but both were changed to spenders shortly before release. Sweeping wind, particularly cyclone, is a critical component to the "cookie cutter" monk build. Exploding palm has never been nearly as popular, although it does seem to have some popularity among monks who like to do high MP uber group runs. So, you monks, why are you running sweeping wind instead of exploding palm? Or vice versa. And what would need to be changed to get you to consider switching?