And as everyone who actually has some memory of how it all happened keeps saying: it changed because lots of people from all sides of the JK2 community complained and asked for it to be changed. Newbies don't know enough to petition Raven to change things - they just play and stumble their way through it. It was the 'veteran' community who complained. Well, as much as anyone could be considered a veteran in the, oh - what was it, 1 or 2 months between initial release and the 1.03 patch - hardly enough time to make anyone a 'veteran'.
It's still a good game, even if it's not what absolutely everyone wants or likes.
Don't have a whine; have a beer and chill out.