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To be honest I find that having a shit ton of achievements a good thing to have. it means that those who are achievement hunters can dedicate a lot of time to get them. achievements should not be so easy that any can do all of them in a few days/month.
personally i only have around 11k to my name
Since you don't get anything (generally) for achievements I don't see why it would matter if a new player would be overwhelmed withe the number of achievements they "need to do".... The point is they don't need to do them and nobody really pays much attention to other peoples achievements anyway.
Making everything an achievement "Oh look you learned how to fart!" takes the meaning right out of the word achievement. The number seems enormus now with MoP.
I love achievements, just hit 15k yesterday.
Achievements have too few categories currently and the difference in time spentoints ratio between them is way too high for some. Right now its pretty easy to get to the 90%+ mark and then you get stuck with doing pet battles or pvp which takes longer than everything else put together.
Obviously for new players its a lot things to do but at the same time a massive amount of achievements "nerf" themselves over time, raiding ones if anything else, specially with tools like openraid. They're meant as goals to achieve (hence the name) and aren't meant to be capped, only time a handful of people even capped them was when content lasted WAY too long (ICC and DS) and they had been playing for years.
Coming in late in anything does that tough, and its not eevn a matter of being late more than a matter of time invested, of course someone is bound to accomplish more if they invest more time in it, its just natural.
My only real complaint about them is that i feel the point system is a bit borked, aparently getting Gladiator, 2700 in arena or killing Ra'den is worth as much point as hugging a couple critters, doesn't make much sense to me.