Your character was YOU, not your ilvl. You needed friends to advance in some areas, some not. Now, all I can compare WoW to is a ghost mansion with creepy tenants that don't speak nor look at eachother. They don't need to. What's the use? The community is dead beyond resurrection.
In the old days when someone did something bad, or had a freakishly bad attitude or manners, he would be blacklisted by the entire realm. We worked together to establish this community and our places in it. That's just one of the examples in my long list of bad shit WoW has done to itself.
WoW has ventured from being one of the most creative game, with difficulties that were force-nerfed due to the sheer difficulty of it all for the majority of the players due to QQ, to serving the new majority who wants an easy time _EVERY_ time they QQ about something.
Warcraft - The Movie, We've all waited for it. No need to wait any longer, because it's already here. You're playing it (or rather, you aren't).
This will be the end of my rant. I'm only one lost customer out of a few million.
Oh and I'd love to devote a special thanks to the casuals who dumbed down the game I grew up playing and enjoying. A game takes time to master, you should try it.