Yes, I do remember what it was like.
The game is far better today than it ever was, it's the increase in idiots in the community that has gone downhill.
Take off the rose tinted glasses and remember what it was actually like. Months to get to level gap, spending hours upon hours just to get enough mats for one raid. Farming constantly was not my idea of fun. Some classes were pretty much broken (lolret), rogues ruled pvp, the only reason to take a warlock to a raid was to summon people which meant they spent an age farming shards and had full bags of nothing but said shards, sap broke stealth, hunters running out of arrows half way through a raid with no way to get any more, or repair, without hearthing (no mobile vendors like the travellers tundra mammoth). There was so many things wrong with the game back in classic, but here's the kicker, it was far better (even then) than any other MMO on the market. More polished and constantly being updated and changed to balance things around.
The game has become a lot more balanced and improved over the years however with it's massive increase in popularity, it attracted a lot more imbeciles and trolls (there were still idiots in classic wow).