Well, at least there is one person against it.
It won't help anything other than force you to do what you clearly can't handle doing under your own will power, which is starting fresh.
How does starting my own character at level 1 for each class just once (or how ever many slots there are) keep me on pace with my peers, if I so choose to want to keep pace? You are limited in how many characters you can make (in terms of actual characters slots). I think you completely missed the point of this.
The ladder system was an exercise in futility and a failed experiment.
Its your personal opinion granted but I don't see it being a failure, at all.
They created it to have a place where they could press a button and dump everything to keep the constant duping in check and they forced people to play it by offering ladder exclusive items/runewords. It did NOT work.
I beg to differ. No one was forced to play ladder, a good bit of people never played it. The clans and duelers were mainly on NL. Its your opinion again that it did not work. The amount of active players on a 10 year old game would tell me otherwise.
Ladder rune packs were available for sale within 4 days of a new ladder season starting, all it took was one bot finding the right rune and the duping started all over again. They were forced to create an in-game event that required the most duped item in the game to be vendored, and it was constantly happening on the ladder. In the end, all it accomplished was promoting botting and duping for the profits to be had from idiots who need to be #1 in the new season.
There will ALWAYS be duping, cheating, botting, hacking and exploting in games such as these. You have to be simple-minded or naive to think otherwise. It actually pains me to see people saying why doesn't blizzard do somewthing about botters and dupes. THEY DO. It just that these hackers and dupers can spend more time to find a way to cheat the system and make real money from it. They are always one step ahead. Sad but true.
So, right now D3 has no ladder and there are duped items and LOTS of botters. There is no need to be #1 on any ladder because there isn't one. Its still the same reason why the dupers and botters do it, because it makes them real money, but your explanation of the people who buy/trade/receive doesn't work on D3 yet its still happening. I'd say that point is moot.
That being said, you have the power to do what you want already. All you have to do is stop being a lazy bum and get together with all of the like-minded "I love ladder" folks, make a simple social website where you can congregate and organize your "ladder" seasons. You could even have a list that keeps track of peoples levels and create your own barter system to facilitate trading between other ladder players. Then it's just a matter of following the rules of your ladder.
No one is stopping you except for you
I currently do NOT have the power to make all my peers the same level as myself. Not all people, especially myself, like 3rd party sites for our in game accomplishments. This is by far, well I dunno the duping/botting part was pretty out in left field too, something that went over your head. I, like many others, want these things to happen in game, officially, not made up on a spread sheet on another site (or 3rd party program).
At least you'r someone who doesn't want it I guess, albeit very bad examples of why not to have it.