I appreciate the humor but I still don’t understand why you deem collections as mandatory and not optional? There is no content locked behind completion of collections. Collections give you access to (1) trophies and (2) a stronger Rallos Zek earring. Neither of these are required to see or experience every thing that EQ has to offer (except you won’t be able to request the single-group Kael quick mission at the end of the earring quest). The reality is that there is nothing in EQ forcing you to do them to keep playing the entirety of EQ, making them the very definition of optional (in my book)!