Do more playing & less reading :)
Don't be like that. I'm trying to be patient with the sniveling but if you're going to turn your angst on me, it's not going to end well.
Here's what I'm struggling with (carrying over from other thread :P) - in order to kill faster mobs have to be weaker, which means they will give less and less SP. So, killing fast means a blue mob (and not all of them are that easy) which will net about 60-70 SP. Say you can do one every 30 secs, so two per minute. That's 120-140 SP per minute. Multiplied by 60 to net you 7.2K - 8.4k / hour. I think the norm before the patch was ~10k/hr.
Before the patch was faceroll retardation in massive groups against over-ranked mobs. One night in with the new patch while everyone's trying to figure things out and they're all up in arms because it took them more than a few hours to make the transition between broken system and new system.
Before the patch the complaints about the SP system were that you were rewarded for a dumbed down style of play (spamming basic attacks to prolong fights and increase chances for SP with each hit), inconsistent SP gain from one class/player to the next, and just generally a boring experience. Rarely would you see people complaining that progression was too slow which was good, because those few times people did whine about it, they universally failed to answer the one question that made any sense:
What is your rush? Do you really think there's going to be any real benefit to being rank 50 any time before March?
(And if you aren't going to answer that question with something that actually makes sense, just drop the complaining about how fast you're progressing, k?)
You said yourself in your testing that you fought one mob solo for 102 SP and when you added another person to the group it dropped down to ~70 SP. 30% drop for a fight that should theoretically be done twice as fast. So solo you get 100 SP and for the same amount of time fighting with a duo you'd have killed two mobs and earned 140 SP. So right there is incentive to group. You get more. IF you play smart. You can't really argue that it's going to take too long to reach the cap with a group that earns more so you might as well solo. If the goal (for whatever inexplicable reason) is to reach the cap ASAP, you go with what gives you the fastest SP, yes?