I said nothing about how prestigious it was/is. I don't care if it's easier/harder to obtain, but if Blizzard wanted to make it harder without going all the way to the extreme, they could have chosen 45 instead of back to 40.
Though, I appreciate you telling me I don't have any friends that I worked with or helped me work towards the title or achievements and no one cares about me or will remember what we did together.
By the way, I stroll past people with awesome titles/mounts all the time and it tells me a) that they like that title for some reason (fits well with their name, proud of it, like how it looks etc.), b) they could be pretty skilled.
Allow me to preface by saying I like you Adele. You can provide a point bereft of emotion. Kudos. As for the topic at hand, you might have online friends that share in your enjoyment today. You might have people that express on ventrilo how cool it is to have achieve such a thing. What you won't have is someone who actually cares about the accomplishment when not in a scenario that promotes it. You are the sole provider for the delight of achieving what you have. And, again I want to iterate that NOTHING can diminish what someone has achieved in WoW. However, you can dimish your legacy by showing that your endgame was more important than your journey.
If you achieved the exalted repurtation prior to this removal of said reputation. Not a single person in this world can take that away from you. And, not a single persons opinion should matter to you. you accomplished it. Personal achievement trumps.
Who said they were only online? One of my best real life friends lives too far away to see each other often and she was a big part of my grinding old reputations and we had tons of fun doing it and became closer in real life because of it. I'm proud of and love my Exalted title because it represents the many friends I've played with through this game, just as I am proud of my Amani War Bear and Ironbound Protodrake for all the fun times we had earning them.
You seem to be saying that the former change (removal) might have hurt my virtual pride somehow because I lost the title, it didn't hurt my pride, it hurt my head. I still had the achievement, the screenshots, the memories, but I was no longer "Adele the Exalted", and that was not okay because as many others have said, we were told that we would not lose titles.
I will, and plan to, grind at least 7 more reputations to exalted, but on my own terms, when I get to 50 doesn't matter to me. However, if this change had stayed and I'd known ahead of time that I'd have to start doing that to be able to keep my title...I would have done that, months and months ago.