Things like T2s and DB really weren't enough to shake up the playerbase, so I'm still kind of standing by my old argument that we do need more (largely in regards to equipment) to change perceptions for the better on the melee front.
After seven years I'm ready to give up any idea that people will ever really "Accept" A front line Red Mage commonly. It's just something the melee-desired RDM will have to cram down someone's throats, and that's the last say in it.
Any job that can main heal is usually forced to, with the one Exception of Blue Mage, and that's because they really do have a limited curing base and not that good of an MP pool to back it, unlike Summoner.
Now with the fact that every job can practically sub a main healer if necessary (with inclusion of subbing at least the first tier haste) there's no way NOT to retort back and say "sub your own @#%^ing healer, I'm out of here" and have the RDM go his own way. In fact, we may see a loss of healer jobs in EXP parties all together, except to perhaps sub scholar and AoE buffs. To which my enspellga argument stands firm as we can manage haste cycles normally and AoE Stoneskin and Enspells in the front line (With the occasional RegengaII).
The Skill grade gaps do worry me. There's no lie there. But if SE scales the skill upgrades to keep their current gaps I'll be fine with it. We have the accuracy of an A - sword and dagger skill now and so long as SE keeps that true, they'll be no problem.
There is also the issue of gear increases. Theres's 23 levels worth of gear upgrades potentials we can see coming and that essential cleans the slate as to what they can do for Red Mage. More Hybrid orientated gear, which we've been asking for years (Barring Add-on gear) to get may be more feasible now. And if nothing else, they can always add the upgrades in the Trials section for us to customize in.
All and all I'm not as concerned as most of the whiners are in this situation. There's just too much Red Mage gets out of this situation in sub jobs alone for me to really worry too much on what they give us on top of it.