They really need to do something to make us competitive with AoE healing, or it's just going to get worse. Yes, this is primarily an issue in 25 man raids, but they can't leave us floundering at the risk of having Hpals "too good" in 10 mans.
My guild was short on the enrage timer on Heroic Norushen last night by a significant amount - too much to just tweak how many DPS get purified by what point, etc, and too much to just "play better." So what was the solution? Sit the holy paladin. I got sat so they could bring in another DPS and they would just 4 heal it. They didn't kill it, and I think we're going to go back to 5 healing on Sunday when we go back in (we'll have one of our best DPS who was missing last night), but it's still asinine that I'm so useless they'll try to 4 heal an encounter with extremely high aoe damage instead of keep me in there.
I'm still seeing the word "niche" being thrown around a lot in regards to holy paladins. What is our niche? Can somebody actually come up with a real answer for this? It's certainly not AoE raid healing. And, our toolkit has changed so much since Wrath that we're not even the best tank healers out there. That was our spotlight, and now we're no longer in it. Yes, we CAN tank heal, but I still wouldn't consider that our "niche" since we don't excel at it. I end up tank healing most of our fights, for the sole reason that nobody else does, and even trying to AoE heal (when I'm rolling with 2 RShams and a Holy Priest) is dumb since it's so lackluster.
What do holy paladins excel at right now, that other healers aren't doing better and more effectively? Nothing? Awesome.