Optional content giving optional rewards that is suposed to last for months.
Just because it's optional does not mean it should be a complete PITA experience.
Doesn't me it should be handed to you on a silver platter either. Its an MMO, time investments are a thing in those and many of us would get bored of the game quickly if we couldn't work towards long term goals.
Not being a PITA =/= handing it to you on a silver platter. It can be grindy, I have no problem with grindy, I've done all the other MoP reps.
But it's the feel of the grind. Like the Black Prince rep, you do it the whole expansion and it really rarely felt like a grind because you did it the whole time you were doing everything else and you had -options- for it, you could grind up mobs in the vale, mobs in the wastes, 5.1 mobs in Krasarang, and finally the Isle.
The problem with the Shaohao grind is twofold. 1) it's from a limited number of mobs and if you're not in a group you're competing with groups for the tags. Not to mention the tuning on any mob above 90 really encourages you to have a group. 2) The rep earned from the individual mobs is just low, even with bonuses from racials and/or guilds, it's low.
It's the fact that we have -both- that is the real problem, having one or the other isn't that bad. The rep can be low if there's more sources for it. 5 rep a mob? Ok, if every mob on the isle gives it then you can just go about and farm what you like to earn it. Or if the Yaungol give like 20 rep for the normal 90s and like 35 for elites then it feels like we can make ok progress. But both of those together is just -bad- in regards to the feel and perception of it
Edit: Oh, and one other thing. I have absolutely no desire to do this on an alt. Like, none whatsoever. And I have a 90 alt on the island ready to do it but it feels like such a tall mountain to climb it is not worth it more than once and all I really -want- on him is to be able to trade in valor for coins, everything else I'm fine with just leaving to my main, but even that just seems like a task too far because even having the convenience of the valor dump doesn't really help me in any particular way, 7,000 coins is just 7 evermaw/Vesuvius kills really. If the pouch were at friendly yeah I wouldn't mind grinding it out, at least then I can just do it in nearly 2 weeks just doing the daily. As it is, screw it, my alts will just have to do without