That said, it can be asked what is the big difference between Steady/Cobra building energy, and Mutilate/Sinister Strike/Backstab building CPs, and dumping Focus/Energy to initiate further damage?
Hmm... I feel like the biggest differences between the two is the sense of finisher cooldown and interaction. Let's say, for this example, that anything that isn't steady shot is a "finisher" for a hunter. Well, our finishers don't really interact with each other. We want to keep serpent sting up, and in order to do that we have to use a finisher(or cobra shot), but unlike the rogue class, I feel like we're left with a lot of "combo point dumps". As in, we have this focus we just generated, and now we're going to dump it on our pets kill command, or if that's on cooldown, we're going to dump it on our literal focus dump - arcane shot.
These abilities deal damage, but that's all they seem to do. They don't interact with each other, we're constricted with low focus from using damaging abilities, but then we're doubly restricted by cooldowns on the "finishers" that we would prefer to be using. In other words, if hunters were rogues, it would be like there being a 10 second cooldown on eviscerate, and you having a second weaker eviscerate with no cooldown that ate a combo point instead of generating one, that you were forced to use just so you don't go overboard on combo points before your eviscerate comes off cooldown. It's like, in order to keep doing something, you have to remove combo points (focus) from the pool, so you're working backwards almost.
I agree that there are definitely some parallels between the two systems and their resource methods. Anyway, that's how I feel about it, I usually type a lot and then someone comes in a few hours later and sums up how I feel with one sentence. I'm not against focus persay, but I felt that a thread focused on focus might help the devs see what players enjoy or don't enjoy about focus itself, rather than a thread throwing out suggestions to try and fix the hunter class around focus or just remove focus or anything else. You know, see if the root has issues before working on the rest of the tree.