A battle hardened Knight once said, “…many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.” These are mine.
Min / Maxing gear in your chosen MMO has been around a long time. When a player chooses to Min / Max gear, they are taking an active roll in the stats allocated. They forgo the passive aspect of wearing the gear awarded, and customize it to squeeze every last drop of Stats out for their class. The way this is achieved is different in every MMO, but the results are the same.
Some consider this an important part of the game, separating the Great players from the bad. Given the amount of front-end investment to Min / Maxing, it also could be considered a Road Block.