Regardless, you still don't HAVE to do ALL the dailies every day.
If you WANT to gear up as fast as possible because you WANT to raid as soon as possible, then you will probably do the dailies every day. But no one is forcing you. It's not a requirement that you do every single daily quest every single day in order to raid... it will just take you a little longer to get there if you do them at a more casual pace. Not everyone is interested in raiding as soon as humanly possible... some people won't mind waiting a couple extra weeks to get started.
Sorry, Yellow. I really disagree with you here but you don't raid for progression so you don't understand.
When you raid and you're part of a team with 9 or 24 other people, what you do affects the rest.
When you need the best gear possible for the team to progress, you MUST get that gear as fast as possible. You don't have the luxury of taking the time.
Most players do mind that couple of extra weeks to get started. Some are polite enough not to say anything and they will be patient since they'll know the situation is not one you control but they do mind. You are holding them back.
There are groups that aren't patient and suddenly you find you're left out. They went and got another player who could play every day so they got the gear.
You won't be able to get a spot with another progression group because guess what? You don't have the gear.
Having said that, I agree that this system is a little wonky... I feel like anything that isn't purely novelty that comes from the highest rep possible or two months of dailies is just annoying. Not everyone has time for that, and I think random heroics was a lot faster and easier for people who don't have the same kind of time to commit, or only play once a week or something.
I don't really have the time for raiding, anyway, so it's a total non-issue for me. I mean, look at my gear. I don't think I can even get into all the cata heroics.
Hope you'll understand why this reminds me of Valararia's argument in the VoN thread that the new personal loot system should be mandatory in all raid groups and then said "but I don't even raid so it doesn't affect me".
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As for the highest rep possible being for only novelty items, it is. You only need Revered to buy the VP gear but rep gains are a lot lower than in Cata. That's why it can take 4 months to get to Revered with two of the factions if you're only playing a couple of days a week.
If you want the pure novelty items - the mounts and tabards plus a couple of other things - you'll need to double that time to get to exalted.