Sep 17th 2008 8:19AM I totally agree that it's ok to skip skills for RP reasons. The sad thing is how many skip skills for other reasons, such as "I didn't want to waste money training the totems." Those I kick from the group as soon as I figure out they don't have the mana spring totems, for instance.
If you really want to raid with your character, make a character to raid with. It's not very likely that a fully holy priest would go into battle. They'd go to the battleground and heal all who suffered. Or at least try. Make one with internal struggles and doubts. One that suffers under temptation, and sometimes falls. Much more interesting concept.
My raiding characters are willing to do anything for their cause. Whether it's protecting their mates or making more gold: It's about doing what their have to do, and worry later. My non-raiding characters? Well, how elegant can a bloodelf pally look, if he has to wear mail/plate? How many sets of clothing can a bag hold? Really, those two-handed swords are so - bulky. And most shields are ugly! If you find something that looks good: don't let go!!!