If anything, we wanted to make sure that 25s weren’t significantly harder, since many of the 25-player guilds were convinced we were trying to force them to become 10-player raiding guilds.
I can't imagine why your players were convinced you were trying to force us to downsize. I mean, have you SEEN how badly 25 guilds outnumber 10s? Actually, no, I'm going to lay off the sarcasm, since I know it'll just fly over the heads of most responders.
I don't know if you devs have noticed in your own guilds but recruiting alone for 25man guilds is miserable. Unless your 25man guild is among the top guilds, you're pretty much screwed. Far fewer players are applying to 25s, because of nothing more than the simple fact that it's easier to organize and control a group of 10 players than it is for 25. In addition, you removed all incentive to run 25s over 10s. Wait, you mean 25s get 20 more VP and extra loot per boss? Who cares? Don't give me the same schtick about "people who enjoy 25man content can continue to do it". That's crap, and you know it. There are those who simply enjoy raiding with a larger group but a higher number of your players will only run with whatever group gives them the best gear for the least amount of time spent while causing the least stress. Their motivation is gear and nothing less. That's what kept 25man guilds in a good state in wrath, and what is destroying many of them now.
How are we to believe anything less than you were deliberately trying to phase out 25s in favor of smaller groups, to appeal to the majority of your player base?
Hell, you guys did the same thing with rated BGs. I'm sure I wasn't the only one to enjoy the 15s week far more than the 10s, with the exception of Strand, of course. It was going fine, but all of a sudden we see a blue post about you guys downsizing ALL rated BGs because far fewer players participated in 15s. So instead of expecting 10man RBG teams to recruit more people, you decide to screw over the larger guilds in favor of the smaller (again).
I can't wait to read the headlines for patch 5.0: "New 5man raiding and rated BGs! Now it's even easier!"