Putting things on timers hurts us, and this isn't exactly me just looking at the old solo (H)NM with disdain for how it likely influenced our status now. Every time I see someone say Refresh/Convert defined us and that it should be locked or nerfed when subbed, I have to roll my eyes a little. The first is the context that a 10 minute ability makes anything particularly engaging. Sure, some derived amusement out of weaseling what they could between 'verts, but this is also led to a lot of grief when party layouts didn't favor a particular RDM's style or skill. ****, I was one of those, "Saves it for emergencies..." type people, while others were all, ********** it, I'm spamming my MP!" Both side had their pros and cons, and both could blow up in your face. Touching on Refresh, nerfing that is just dumb. It was only 110 MP back for us. Nerfing it to 2/tick would make it 60 over those 2.5m. Not really much to write home about, just as you're further unlikely to see other /RDM folk gleefully jump into the refresh ***** role.
So, while some may see the above as a theft from the job, I look at it more as a needed phasing out or more aptly a reality check. Yes, I believe all caster jobs should have some native form of MP recovery and even felt WHM should've gotten Refresh back when, but that's secondary to my ultimate sentiment of, "Now what?" when trying to look past RDM's old one trick pony status. Unfortunately, players tend to work in absolutes, so the trick is finding that unique thing that is indeed wanted, but since RDM's polluted with people who have delusions of solo grandeur, are closet SCHs, would be better off playing BLM, or whatever, finding the path is muddied. Maybe I'm just too generous in thinking the "combining magic and swordplay" premise isn't that complex, but when you get people pulling the spankwustler card on top (Granted, something Torzak may not grasp given his absence), they're not helping.
Regardless of which camp SE favors, their inaction is perhaps the most loathsome aspect of this situation. Preserve the concept or pervert it, just do something.