If you are serious in wanting to make a relevant topic about something that should or needs to be change I'll tell you what I always say:
Take it to the Feedback forum, thats where it should be.
I've done that. Several times. I'm commenting in someone elses thread, which happens to be in the main forum. Don't tell me where I can and can't post. If you know ANYTHING about me, you'd know that I quite regularly post in forum feedback with suggestions and improvements, and have done so on this matter.
I love how people think it's "stupid" to want improvements to a system. Will this make or break the game? Certainly not. Am I demanding that it be rectified or I'll quit? Nope. Do I feel that this should be something that gets improved upon or corrected? **** straight I do.
wait you could swap out every piece of gear in 11 in a single instant? i sure as **** dont remember that
and im not excluding your ability macros either, but you seriously need 3 bars of abilities for every class? i just dont see how anyone needs THAT MANY abilities. Sure I can understand a few swaps, but everything sounds a bit overkill.
but lets face it, in the end, and this is the main point i wanna get at.....how many games let you change classes at all, let alone have it take even a minute or 2 in the field, anywhere in the game for that matter, just because you feel like changing your job? name them, please name them all.
the minute or so it takes you to change it may seem like its a hassle, but in fact, the entire system itself is a bonus that only this game can bring you, not everything can be all peaches and cream and you have to take some bad with the good(personaly, i dont see the minute changing as a bad thing, its a friggin minute, i mean come on)
as to those who feel like tossing insults around in this thread (you know who you are) grow up, some of us are having a more civilized conversation here and discussing the topic itself.
In ffxi, with windower you could do it instantly w/ 1 macro. Without windower it took 2 macros and *gasp* 2 seconds.
As for abilities, yes I do need 3 bars, and I use them all. If you don't, that's fine, but if I have the action points, I will put them to good use. I can give you a rundown of every action I have equipped on my bar and how often I use them if ya want.
And once again, it's not the "minute or so". It's the minute and a half JUST for abilities and gear, and the 3+ mins for stat reallocation. Yes I could go without reallocating my stats, but since my main job is a glad and I try and max out my VIT and STR, it makes my CON pretty pathetic when I swap if I don't reallocate. So now, we are talking almost 5 minutes to do my job at a decent level on each class.
There are far bigger fish to fry in terms of future development on this game than this (non)issue. We've been told the annoyances with the current system will be fixed. For all we know the changes could be in the next patch.
Why is this not sinking in? I'm not saying this is the biggest concern for the devs. But saying it is a non-issue is just ridiculous. It is a pain in the *** to swap classes currently. Yes its awesome that we are able to do it at all... but improving it will only make that even BETTER. Just because it's not the number 1 concern for the devs doesn't mean we should ignore it.