I wouldn't call that status quo, so keep your snarky remarks to yourself. You're deliberately aiming that at me, and pointing at me like I am an idiot because I want to play more than ONE spec for my class for raiding. It's a dumb philosophy if ONLY one spec can ever be "the raiding spec" It's stupid. That's why blizzard is trying very hard to balance the specs out. If not they just wouldn't bother balancing fire.
If they didn't want to balance out mages, they wouldn't nerf fire. They wouldn't change frost. Also, what use does arcane have outside of raiding? Not pvp, frost is better at lower ilvls than arcane...You mentioned before each spec has a utility if it doesn't raid. Oh wait arcane has none. Your points are invalid, so stop trying to turn this into a "Fire mages is always, will always, has always been the best mage spec and should rightfully be so the best mage spec for ever and ever for raiding" argument. Because it's getting us NOWHERE.