There were a couple of things I saw in this thread I found interesting. 1 was the analogy of the restaurant.
First thing to consider is the fact that, when is the last time you didn't eat at a restaurant because someone else had bad service?
Secondly, if everyone stopped going to a restaurant that had, say a drunk cook, who served raw food, then got the person off the line, and put someone more qualified on the line, what would be the reason for not going back? To punish them for giving you the raw food to begin with? Meh, that falls into the category of free choice, do it if you want, but finding fault in others going back is rather selfish.
Which leads me to the most significant part of this, saying that everyone should quit because you don't think it's right for them to pay is very selfish and entitled. It is up to individuals to reach a sound decision on their own path, based on their own principals. If someone enjoys this game, and feels that SE deserves their money, that is their choice, and their act. It does not infringe on you in any way, so your offense to it is not only rather baffling, but very self-serving.
Now, to the people who talk about people getting so far past others. As pointed out 11 is probably one of the best examples ever of a high curve, low pay off, and enormous time sync. I started with the PS2 US release, which, yeah the first expansion was already out, and it took me 3 months to settle on a server and actually start leveling my first character.
By the time I had my first job leveled to 18 on the character I used for the rest of the game, people already had a strategy for fighting Kirin, and where defeating him regularly. I was getting beat up by leaping lizzy...
The only people who will feel the pain of being "woefully behind" are elitest players, who, want to have the latest and greatest, or who want to be better then others. Yes, anyone who starts with the PS3 release will not be able to reach that point for a good year after other players with tons of level 50 jobs will. However, just because people start later doesn't mean they will not be able to catch up, and surpass others.
So, with that being said, it seems that the largest argument about them charging and leaving the server up is that people who choose to not stay, but to come back will be at a disadvantage (this will be very true if their characters don't make the transfer, but I imagine they will), and that, people should be scorned to the point where, even though, it is generally accepted the game is improving, people should have lost all respect for SE, and should abandon the game since SE is unworthy of a single dime of money.
I can agree w/ people leaving, and either coming back later, or not at all. I can understand people staying. But the people who wish to detract from others, seems so sad.
Either way, I am going to stay, I want to see the story play out.