Q u o t e: I find it comical that there is a general outcry amongst the population when it comes to this respec feature. People say that it will destroy the games replayability and render it ridiculously easy, and i do not disagree. However i do find it a valid point that this is just a feature, nobody is being forced to use it. It is a tool, there for those who feel the need to use it. If you want to leave the challenge/replayability of the game intact you may just refrain from using it, problem solved. As for other people using it, why should you care? The way they choose to play is none of your concern.
Personally, i find the respec feature to be a useful tool. If i make an honest mistake somewhere along my build, i can now fix it rather than spend X hours getting to where i was before i made the mistake.
We should not be making assumptions about the feature until we've seen it implemented in-game.
I believe the general angst spawns from the older generation gaming vs. newer generation gaming concept. I certainly see your points and I agree that it is only a tool and does not *have* to be used, however I personally feel that this change is the first of many to come that will turn Diablo 2 from a older generation game (there is an objective, work to complete it) into a newer generation game .(I do not want to die , I do not want to make any mistakes, everything is spoon fed to me.) That sort of game is already readily available to you, it's called World of Warcraft, you can be just like everyone else with the same gear, same skill trees, same builds, same friggin' look. I stopped playing wow for this very reason, there's no unique-ness, everyone is the same thing you can do a bit more damage by chosing the right "class that got buffed this month" and having better latency.
Next you will see re-socketable items in d2, stat point respecing, etc. This all takes away from the originality and unique-ness that was diablo 2, now instead of doing things the right way or having to rebuild your char, you can just say oops i messed up and quickly fix it. Yes, might be great for some and bad for others, i'm just scared of what similiar "catering to noob" changes are going to come after this.
Edit: And Yes, I personally believe that if you can't think out a skill tree plan before hand you are a noob. Also mis-clicks? You fked up, reroll. L2do things right.