Like, ftw was wrong with the previous xp system!?! Being a company in this business for 'how long', how do you miss this. In my opinion, other than FFXIII there was never anything wrong with how SE managed the xp system. Why do they feel they need to re-invent themselves. Stick to what you are good at. Sorry, I normally do not rant but this just makes no logical sense to me. (kind like this post)
I wish people wouldn't needlessly bash FFXIII. The experience system in that game was great. It was tiered so that at certain points you had to use strategy instead of level grinding till you could do super high damage to the boss. Some people just can't handle change.
FFXIV is the same way, SE didn't want to make it the exact same as FFXI. They stated that they made the races the same so that long time FFXI players could make a character like the one they had before. So in other words, to get more players from XI to transfer, makes a lot of sense, smart move in my opinion.