But it seems to me Anet is trying to achieve too many things with the trait system
1) They are giving new objectives for new players - Fine.
2) They are trying to lure players in other type of game play, by dangling a NON OPTIONAL carrot - why, why?
Haven't they learned with GW1?
It is probably really annoying for developers to create content a part of the population ignores, but that is their right as consumers.
People don't want to do PvE, they will not do PvE, People don't want to do PvP, they will not do PvP. Like in GW1 people wanted to play with their heroes/henchmen and they would not play with other people.
3) They are using traits as gold sinks - it seems to target the wrong population.
Players with lot of money probably already have all professions to level 80 (or at least 60) or they are clearly stubborn or a single character and this won't help them make another.
4) They are still listening to the part of forums that will never be happy instead of improving the game for those that like the game (those that like the game want more traits to play with).
Skill tomes were hot items, not because there was a problem with the capturing feature per se, but rather because no one has the disposition to do the same trials for the 50th time. Its also why every skill you captured was made account-bound and easily obtainable from any skill-trainer for your alts. Since the game offered you more than 2 alternative ways of (re)acquiring them, why does it matter to you whether others love capturing them or not? To each their own, choose your method and leave others to do whatever they want.
Opinions may diverge now because everyone was already used the the "old system". But newbie players will never have such "privilege", they will just think that this is how the game is supposed to be and either hate it, because the prefer the generic trait-tree, or love it because of its uniqueness.
Much more interesting than capping skills was to actually use them and try builds.
Non useful skills were ignored unless one was going for the title.