I agree very much with most of it.
Normal raiding is too unforgiving to just 1-2 medicore players now, which is annoying.
Before you could carry these fun players and enjoy it overall, talking during encounters etc. but it seems a lot harder now. Maybe it's just a matter of out gearing things before going there, but we used to be able to gear up from the first bosses.
I actually find the solo scenarios fine. Those you do get once in a while during the dailies/jumps to unlocked areas. It's not repetitive, and you get a feeling that your endless dailies actually bring you onwards.