but the thing is, some of us have families, jobs, etc, and they don't play this game as serious as some of the more hardcore players. I play this game purely for my amusement and to relax a bit. At some point I think "hey, lets play a necro again" and I play with him a couple hours a week. No hurry, no rushing, just taking things at a slow pace. Usually, it takes me a couple weeks to reach lv80+ (sometimes I rush, sometimes I walk).
But therein lies the problem. I like to play things slowly, and just do whatever the moment asks of me. I don't want to make a whole plan to play a game, and I don't want to play singleplayer as, lets face it, D2 is dull as **** if you play alone. Also, singleplayer and open Bnet simply don't have all the items that normal Bnet has to offer (runes being a big thing, and I don't like hacking into files for items).
Again, the only people who benefit from this are Blizzard (since I have found out Blizzard actually OWNS 2 of the advertising companies), and other botters who sell crap online. And considering a shorter ladder will result in more demand on higher items, they will be making good money.
Hell if I had the brains for this I'd start my own advertising website/bots and make a quick buck.