Yea I don't get the logic behind complaining that there is an optimum spec for one thing. Of course there will be! The thing with vanilla is that there is so much more than just raiding.Man oh man, the walking is brutal haha. I didn't forget it, but I didn't miss it either.
I agree with the talent tree being a cookie cutter if you were raiding, but I think that's to be said about every game out there. Any and all games end up with a set of equipment or skills or points done a certain way to be the MOST effective. That said, as far as questing goes and leveling, I'm having fun with the talent trees so far.
Also, I never had a standard Hunter spec and was invited to plenty of raids even back in the day.