I delete characters regularly. When I have no use for them or feel like I have too many to keep up with, I trim them. At this point all I have left is a warlock and death knight, to have a caster and melee. Any more than that and I feel bogged down by gear grinds and gold sinks.
One day when the respective classes of those characters becomes interesting to you, you'll regret deleting them, but I realize this is a very 'hoarder' way of thinking which I personally embrace but recognize that it may not be the healthiest. Regardless it is a rule of mine to never delete anything over level 70 unless I intend on immediately remaking and releveling it, and not once have I ever regretted this rule.
I'm definitely glad I didn't delete my alts, I still use them for professions and it's nice knowing that I don't have to relevel a character from scratch (or pay $60) if I want to reroll next expansion, as I tend to change my main depending on our guild comp and roster needs. When I feel like I want to brush up on a class I haven't played for awhile, I'll play around with a premade character on the PTR.
If you feel like you'll have no regrets deleting your level 90s, then go ahead...although I suspect that you'll miss those characters later.
Plus, 7 crafters > 4 crafters regardless of gear level.
Delete them all except one. That way, you can put all your time and effort into it, and possibly increase its overall power by an additional 0.5-1% if you focus solely on it.
#1, I can't believe there are 5 pages to this topic.
#2, I can't believe I'm contributing to it.
Your dilemma is in all reality, rather silly. If it pains you too much to see them and know they're not geared to your satisfaction, by all means delete them.
It would be like me asking people if should throw out my excercise equipment because I don't like looking at it and don't use it. Well sure I can, but what if I change my mind and want to use it in the future. If you can stomach seeing them on your logon screen (if I have the room for my equipment), then you should keep them.
I have 6 90's, 3 @ 85-97, and one that's at 50 and will be boosted to 90. I understand that I won't be able to gear them all, so I focus on gearing 1 for pve, one for pvp, and the rest to take a break from those other 2. I also use my alt's professions to boost my economy. At this point I don't know which toon I'll take into WoD...especially with the changes to come. My suggestion is to hold out until WoD...as others have said, you may find your favorites change.
@ OP: You're the first person i hear with this weird dilemma. I mean look at me i have 12x 90s (all 11 classes on alliance and 1 horde) ...on my way to the 2nd horde char (the 13th char), now, you would ask why, and i'll say: because i want to have all classes available at any moments notice due to a number of different reasons, for example: new spells in WoD or maybe new graphical changes regarding spells in WoD or maybe just to have fun with a certain class that i may have seen in PvP or PvE (in a dungeon or raid, etc) or maybe to check out the storyline on a different faction in WoD (horde storyline in my example). I barely play my priest, druid, monk, rogue BUT (this is "THE" BUT) they're THERE, i can access them whenever i want, they're mine no matter what ilevel they have, they're THERE. Not to mention that the first quests from 90 to 91 in WoD will most probably award you 550+ ilevel items or even more, so basically you can easily gear them up for questing in no time. Case in point, do whatever you want, your account, your choices, BUT my advise is to NOT delete them, you may regret later...
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What's the point in deleting them, even if you don't gear them up you can always use em as a profession mules
I do this every expansion or anytime I level up an alt and just don't see me playing it anymore.
I find that having them up is a waste (in my opinion). I sometimes also just want to restart without having to pay money for what I wanted to do.
If anything, you can always open up a ticket to tell that you want your x to be restored.
I'm sure the OP will make the best decision for him/her, I know there are players who delete characters and hardly give it a second thought, although I think some people tend to get more attached to their level capped toons...I know I do, at least.
For some reason I know a lot of people, who get these urges to delte their chars, because of some "everytime I logged in, they annoyed me!" reason. Its a little infuriating as a collector person.
But do whatever feels fun to you. If you feel a sudden need, that you MUST have a druid again, you will just level another and have fun with that.
Just dont expect others to get your logic
"And all those exclamation marks, you notice? Five?
A sure sign of someone who wears his underpants on his head."
Just figure out which one's the most fun to you right now, put it at the top of your list and immediately press enter when logging in so you don't think about the others much.
A bit weird you feel the need to post this, if you don't like them being there then delete them. I don't see how this thread can help your situation at all. Seems to me that it was just an excuse to make a list, what is this obsession people have with making lists on forums?