Explain how it was made worse. Cause in all honesty it's just the same stuff. Seriously tell me what was so different in the rep gain in Cata?
During Cataclysm, the raiders did indeed get richer at the expense of everyone else (and there wasn't LFR until the last raid). There weren't entry-level patterns other than PvP. People hit an absolute brick wall unless they were a raider. Then came the Troll dungeons and the abject failure that was the Molten Front (I've posted about how MF was a failure during the MoP beta and how it's best to not repeat "the spire came back--take it again" every single friggin' day).
In other versions of WoW, there was always another way to progress in the storyline and with gear. Not so in Cataclysm, because it catered to raiders and then went into massive spinning because 2 million subs left. Once people hit that brick wall, there was no going back.
There should be multiple ways of progression.
PS--This is coming from a person who did two Ramkahen dailies to Exalted on my Paladin without that character ever setting foot in a single Cataclysm dungeon due to the brick wall. The couple of dungeons were done on other characters. I know what a horrific grind is from doing just two dailies to Exalted. The system in-game right now isn't horrific by a long shot.
The same cata where a non raider could buy over three quarters of a normal mode raid set for VP?
The same cata where 1 million raid spots were lost and where if you managed to keep you raid spot with the rapid collection of VP you could buy every single VP item in 3 months, out of a 9 month content patch even if you didn't raid?
The same cata where you could log on one night a week and run LFR and a couple of 5 mans and cap VP?
Cata had issues because there was too little to do, and it could be done too quickly each week and because there was no sensible gating of non raid gear collection. Not because of stuff being kept only for raiders.
Although I do worry about a complete about face by blizzard. At the moment there is a full VP set for those who don't want to run group content. There is a better set for those who run raid content (be it upgraded LFR loot or normal mode gear).
What is blizzard putting in for those who don't raid to work on in 5.2? They need a complete gear set as well and it has to be better than the i489/i496 set that any active non raider already has.