From the first few posts in this thread alone, I know I'm going to love this game.
Less hand holding. Learn from Blizzard's mistakes & let the game function as an MMO experience. WoW started dying with having portals everywhere, name changes, race changes, server transfers, and gear handed out with little to no effort. WoW went from being an established MMO community, with things left to be desired (this is important), to a cluster f**k of anonymity & homogenization.
SWTOR has the potential to be great. If you still really enjoy WoW at this stage, you're crazy - the game is crap as of 4.3, and everyone knows it. It could be so great, yet they continue to let it fall from grace.
I miss TBC