My mistake, I thought the question was how to reduce damage taken, NOT in trying to increase your DPS.
It's not about either and it's specifically about both. The faster the mob dies, the LESS damage you take. Simple concept and utilizes the fact that you're holding hate a majority of the time AND decreasing overall damage.
Additionally, I'm not entirely sure that the acc from a Woodsman will turn you into a furious DD. Now, I might be wrong, but even when geared as a DD, I tend to perform UNDER the efficiency of a standard DD.
Then you AREN'T DD'ing properly. We're not talking damage output here - a SAM WILL outdamage you per hit. They use a weapon with a higher base damage AND have the two-handed weapon bonus in their favor. BUT, your accuracy SHOULD be comparable to them and should be about the same as a similarly equipped WAR who happens to be using axes. A +5 Accuracy is a solid +2.5% hit rate which will improve YOUR base DD by 1.025%. That's just one ring. Two goes up to 1.05% increase. Add more of it up, and you'll see significant returns. Yes, the rings make a difference. They do it for DD's, too, so I don't see why you're arguing about it.
As for food, I advocate using food IF you need it. Is it worth popping Tacos vs. Birds? In my opinion, no. Also, some of us managed to level PLD before the High Breath Mantle, so I was giving advice that I used at the time, and if you're looking for DAMAGE REDUCTION, it is still a solid piece.
Just because it's worked in the past (and will continue to work, for the record) doesn't mean it's the ideal, optimal, or even standard way of doing it now. And, no, you shouldn't be popping TACOS for the birds. Pop some crab sushi and get your hit rate up or pop some meat and get some STR/Attack if you have a decent enough hit rate with out it. I hope your DD's are doing the same, too. Honestly, I do. It's known to improve XP/hour, which is the goal of this whole thing to begin with.
As for hate holding, I've never had problems even as a "Turtle" Paladin. I've done both, I can still DO both, and I prefer turtle, specially for HNMing. I honestly doubt your Woodsman Ring will do jack against Khimeira or Nidhogg.
And if I've successfully tanked them with DD gear I should claim that you're doing it wrong, right? I'm not saying you're doing it wrong, I'm saying you COULD improve your ability here. Hitting for 0 doesn't help Spirits Within OR Atonement. And, again, the rings do jack. They do 1.05% Jack, specifically. Thanks for playing, though.
Sincerely and sarcastically yours,
Welcome to publicly giving an opinion and finding you disagree with the majority here.
Sincerely and not sarcastically yours,