I'm not sure how your wall of text is relevant to my post you quoted since my post still stands and is 100% correct.
Oh, and gearing from lfr is a joke. Run it for 2 months or so, get some valor items to fill in for spots you got unlucky in and near end you're down to needing stuff from 1 or 2 bosses, for which you can easily use 3 coins on the same boss (if you're smart you can even save coins first weeks till it's clear what you're struggling with to get). I'd love to be able to roll 3+ times on 1 boss in normal/heroic as well to have a massively higher chance of winning an important item.
Oh and if it's just lfr you do and are interested in, it's even more trivial since everything is available first week you ding 90 immediatly since you won't have new bosses to down and replace old gear with.
You make it sound like gearing through lfr is a ton harder than normal, while it's a complete and utter joke in general.
Any serious guild will clear Normal long before all sections of RF are released.
If you haven't cleared Normal in the time it takes for RF to fully unlock then frankly you are in no position to take any high ground as no doubt most of the guild members would be those I see putting in mediocre performances week in and week out in RF. The only difference between them and the rest of the bads is that their social life (or lack of) allows them to sign up on a calendar.
As I said in another thread, I would be equipped mostly in Blues if I hadn't gone out of my way to grind out all the reps, max out my VP each week and this is despite using my coins on key bosses exactly as you described.
I have been religiously clearing RF every week of the Tier and would be facing an outright ban from entering T15 had I not participated in those optional activities.
This is a mode designed for casual players yet if you somehow manage to find the time to clear it religiously every week for 20 mind numbing weeks you still get banned from entering the next tier some five month later unless you have done EVEN MORE activities.
That for me is a design fail, it doesn't work for the target audience. Indeed a time limited player would actually stand more chance of getting into the next tier if she didn't bother using RF at all and simply did 5 mans and dailies. That is wrong IMO.
If the mode is aimed at time limited casual players then running the damn thing every sodding week for five months should be enough to get you geared for the next tier!!!!
For christs sake for the same time commitment you could finish a large number of triple A single player games and that would be all original content - not clearing the same dungeons 20 times! I am lucky because I am "casual" more in terms of "scheduling" as opposed to the outright time commitment but for other players it is a major issue that actually makes RF a sub optimal activity if you want to gain access to the next tier. Perverse.