However, as far as the dodge vs parry, you've got to consider that a lot of people think in absolutes. "Parry is not as good as dodge" turns into "NEVER GEM PARRY BECAUSE IT'S A GARBAGE STAT". I don't think it'll change their perceptions, but that's more of a problem with humanity.
Oh yes. At some point "Not BiS" became "trash." :)
It's not the end of the world if parry gems rot. But we want to be able to put parry on say rings without those just being sharded.