This is my problem with your argument right here.
Classic WoW also had gold farmers and bots. Would you say that if I didn’t support these things then I didn’t like original WoW? No, of course not.
All games have griefers and trolls. Being against those behaviors taken to extremes just to waste people’s time for personal enjoyment does not make you against the game. It makes you against THOSE SPECIFIC PLAYERS AND BEHAVIORS.
A person might wonder why certain people find wasting other people’s time to be something they derive personal enjoyment or ‘fun’ from. There are so many other ways to RP or goof around.
But really, this isn’t about the dropping of an occasional raging elemental or whatever. This is about being against the sort of behavior that intentionally sets out to screw people over for kicks. Like stacking fires at the auction house so no one can use it without dying, etc.
If people can’t find a way to goof around and have fun without these things then that is a them problem.
There may be people out there capable of showing restraint and only doing this conservatively for an occasional laugh, but the fact of the matter is if you allow these tools to remain in the game, a larger number of people without that level of maturity will absolutely abuse them, to the detriment of the entire community.
Blame the people who can’t control themselves. It is why we can’t have nice (or not so nice) things.
Kind of a moot point since they already changed it. Posting a hash tag doesn’t actually stop the changes from occurring, for better or worse.