The devs should really take a look at the comments on youtube for ffxi tracks. Almost everyone there says "The game now is just solo, I miss making friends in grind groups" etc. I switched to WoW full time after WotG, but I would still take the old way.
18 man exp alliances are "solo" ?
Probably pretty close. 2 people mowing down mobs, 1 person opening boxes and 15 people afk doing something they actually enjoy