The problem is that those like you who talk about old wow aren't being honest, so people like me who remember what it was like due to actually ATTAINING alot of the accomplishments you reference try to set the record straight, and those who post nostalgia to threads like these don't like that shot of reality in the discussion.
I attained at least everything that you could have, assuming you finished Naxx 40 prior to the release of TBC (unless you completed your full Tier 3 from Naxx... I lacked the chest and helm), and I think the original WoW just just awesome. The world was massive and raiding required progression... you didn't just hit level 60 and jump into whatever the latest raid was.
People like you view the original WoW from various points in its future... from TBC, or from Wrath, or from now. At the time, when none of the improvements existed and it was released on the heels of EQ2, WoW had no equal. Even with all the terrain glitches and various bugs and complete imbalance between classes and ungodly grind (how long for the exalted ring from AQ? Or even getting the AQ gate open?), most people loved it. It was the best there had ever been. Yes, I remember trying for hours to find someone with the key to UBRS, or the guild-destroying wipefest of BWL, and Molten Bore for the umpteenth time, but I had a lot of fun doing all that because, again, there was nothing that compared at the time.
Now... after all the revisions to characters and mechanics and gear function, I would dread to even think about having to trudge through that mess again. These people that talk about rose-colored glasses... most didn't start playing retail WoW on Nov. 22, 2004 and realize what a monumental leap it was in the evolution of MMOs at the time. With the possible exception of The Old Republic (which has huge potential if the devs can capitalize on its strengths and prune out its weaknesses like the WoW team did with their product), nothing has come even close to WoW in what... 7 1/2 years now? They didn't start that track record with a product that everyone hated.
Posts about how "great" Vanilla was should make that argument outright, because that's the only "good" part about Vanilla.
This is what I meant by all that. You talk about how terrible the original WoW is
... not was. You compare it from a point where something better is around. If it was that terrible, why'd you stick around and get all those accomplishments? How did something so horrible turn into a record-setting MMO an order of magnitude over its competitors for 7 1/2 years? Because, while it is
terrible now, it was
the best thing in the MMO gaming world since home computers were created. Very, very rarely have I ever seen someone talking about how awful the original game was when they aren't backing up their opinion with comparisons on changes and improvements from successive expansions.
The only reason your post among the others on the forum caught my attention was because you simply stated that it wasn't 'good,' with no basis for the opinion at all.