Quote from lceEye
the problem is there are not just a "few bad servers" and the servers you praise are the minority. Each server that offers perks for money does not encourage competitiveness and fun. nothing is fun about working hard and progressing though the game, getting awesome gear so you stand a change. only to have some random person join and do it all in 2 seconds because they payed 20 bucks for a kit. That's not competitiveness, its not fun. And the only way to get rid of the bad servers is to make these rules.
im neutral i pay for a dedicated for friends/family to play, but just pointing out that just about every major MMO does this. there is just a balance between rewarding people who have time to play and casual players who cant play 8 hours a day. getting a /kit that gives you iron gear is equivelant to mining for specific time but its not as OP as having a /kit that gives you an enchanted god set. P2W is not something you can just cover with a blanket statement.
there are players with all the time in the world that just plop around all day, dont contribute to anything except cry and complain... that definately do not deserve all-and-equal. Those of us who play on big servers all know who they are, and they usually outnumber the amount of arrogant people that buy top tier ranks.