And? If you are bleeding heavily from three wounds, do you decide not to bandage the worst of them because the second worst would then be the worst? Of course not. You bandage because it helps improve the situation.There's always going to be a "last place". One class is always going to end up being the least popular or seen as the least powerful.
If they "fix" the ranger, then someone else just takes its place.
I think your assumption that new players are not optimizers is a bit hilarious given my experience. Some definitely are. I would not say the percentages have changed with the introduction of new players.Plus, it was really an issue in 2015 when the older players and grognards were a larger percentage of the audience. The optimizers who looked and the ranger and found it unappealing. Now, a couple years and several million new players later, that segment of the audience is a much smaller minority. And the percentage of the audience that is happy with the ranger and is playing it as-is has increased.
Regardless, my points were:
1.) Having it be played does not mean it is not going to benefit from an improvement to the mechanics.
2.) While an improvement to the mechanics is not necessary to have fun playing the class, the balance of the class would still benefit from it.
Both of those statements are true.
I'd be interested to see someone post what they consider to be an overpowered revised ranger.... I have yet to see one.