Like I said, I don't necessarily think there is anything wrong with the system (barring the potential opportunity for abuse like the pledging idea, but that's speculation), I just don't like the idea they might be doing this a few weeks before DSS.
Good, bad, or indifferent, the IP system has, up until now, been a "personal" one. We can argue about whether or not that is a good system all day long, but the fact is that is how it is set up.
Now, suddenly (potentially), they want to turn that on its head and make it a "community" system.
That would have been fine if they did that a few months ago, but they didnt.
I don't know that I agree with fundamentally changing the way IP works, without providing enough time for people to adjust accordingly.
It's bad planning IMO.
But that's to be expected when you put a rush deadline on the biggest event to happen to CoE since its inception.