~ Seems silly to reassign points you can already reassign yourself. I would assume it touches the BASE stats, the ones you never get to reassign. Thus tweaking your total stats more than typically normal.
You might think so, but if you have all your main stats for melee/mage well over 40...it is going to take quite a while to reassign a meaningful amount of points (not to mention switching them back). In addition, if you wanted to add to melee stats but your main jobs were casters, you can get the traits from the melee guilds and add directly to your mage stats very easily.
Since any stat point allocated over 40 takes 2 to raise that attribute 1 point, those other guild's traits will be very
handy for making powerful chars (or temporarily switching between melee/mage/crafter types).
Edit for clarity: if you wanted to add 5 to Str, and your Str is already over 40, it would normally take 10 stat points. If you have fewer than 40 points allocated to some other stat that can be converted into Str, using one of these traits you could make the conversion by allocating only 5 stat points. Edited, Oct 8th 2010 12:10am by Klarus