If not, this is just going to turn into yet another grind.
Not to say you're wrong, because it is vertical progression (What happened to you Arena Net!? ) but wouldn't it also be a "grind" if you did lose ranking in whatever when dying?
How does everyone define the word, "grind?" No right or wrong answer, I just want your opinion. I have a friend that works as an intern at the above mentioned company and wanted to make a giant compendium of what changes we would like to see and where we would like the game to go. After compiling I was going to write them all out and have it sent to their office in Bellevue with a cake.
A little goodwill goes a long way and I think we can turn this game around, it's not too late.