After May 15th, many people will probably never play d2 again including myself, and the characters on Bnet will disappear after 3 months. It's a pity to really think about it. We spent so much time building our characters and finding gears, but in the end they will all disappear without a trace.
That's why I'm thinking, if there is any blizzard people here, can you make the D2 Bnet characters downloadable after D3 is released, so that I can at least keep a copy of my characters in my own hard drive indefinitely? Or at least make the non-ladder characters downloadable if you don't want this to affect the ladder players. I honestly think that most of the people in the D2 community will appreciate this feature if it can be realized.