Just looking at this from a "historical perspective" back in Kunark era I thought skill ups were good. I leveled my toons to 60 and never really had to go out of my way to keep my skills up. On my monk I'd switch to a 2hb after leveling and get my 5 skills before too long and switch back.
When velious was released something changed with the code and skills went up way too fast. I remember porting to cobalt scar on an alt and leveled swimming to max going to SG entrance
so obviously it was nerfed. But instead of going back to normal it went to the abysmal rate it is at now.
Non-stop complaining about it since then, and as we get newer sets of players the topic continues to be brought back up.
Which makes me ask: if exp is set to be faster here, why not just make skill ups a little faster to make them equal? It doesn't make much sense to make xp go a little faster, but then force people to go out of their way to train skills (way more boring than grinding). Gnome sayin?
This is just my thoughts, and all my toons have max skills so I really don't have a dog in this fight. Some day I'll finish leveling some alts though.
Also, it's all Boragars fault.