I touched on this saying I've been in unconventional parties that worked wonderfully. Some better than if I had a pld or nin. Yes, I agree it has a lot to do with being effective, but if you'd actually try other combos, you'd find out other job combos can be effective. It also has a lot to do with what you're fighting.
Those are specialized situations. Yes I've done the dual war/nin tanks. I've done mana burns. I've done bone parties. For the vast majority of situations though pld and nin do far superior.
And saying that choosing anyone else for a tank is stupid, show's the one track elitist mentality that a lot of people have when it comes to partying/playing. Most of the players stay on that track because it's what they've been taught.
You can throw out all the random insults you want, but it doesn't change the reality of the situation. For general leveling, pld and nin were better tanks.
There's no need to constantly be striving to top everyone else. When ff11 dies out those elitist are going to be like "WTF? I spent 5 years trying to be perfect and never even got a chance to have any fun, now my character has been deleted!"
It's not about elitism, it's about having fun. It's not fun to be ineffective. If I play basketball, hockey, or tennis I generally prefer not to suck. Sure I can have fun just goofing off with my friends, but most people enjoy the sports through competitive play.
I could call you an elitist for not having the whm/war tank with blink and stoneskin while the paladin heals her. It can work. The only reason you choose not to do it is because you're so busy trying to top everyone else. See how silly that argument is?
Why borrow $20 when it only takes $10 to buy what's needed? Fear that there will be tax.
Because there is no "needed." There is no magical line where suddenly tanking is acceptable. Everyone can "tank" in the game. There is not one class in FFXI that cannot tank, but some do it poorly while others do it better. It's a continuous spectrum of effectiveness at tanking, not a binary "yes" or "no" situation.
Edited, Jul 3rd 2009 4:35pm by Allegory