*delurks* I'm torn, myself. It's a given that no more minimum range is fantastic, but taking melee away from us altogether is a huge blow to my heart. Even though I don't own anything amazing myself, I sure as hell had a whole list of things I wanted to collect for transmog. I see the mechanical reasoning behind the idea, but...
I used to just be annoyed that staves/polearms were better itemized than dual-wielded weapons, since I adore dual-wield. But even so, there were some staves/polearms I absolutely loved, so it wasn't so bad. And honestly? Why would a hunter, someone who survives in the wilds alongside their animal companion, not carry a knife, a sword, a fishing spear, SOMEthing? Bows and guns and crossbows are great, but they can't hack away vines, or prepare a meal, or gain you back the advantage by sticking that ambusher in the gut... it doesn't make sense, flavor-wise, to me. Only gameplay-wise. And of course there's the whole roleplaying factor. Personally I don't think I'd be entirely satisfied were we able to equip either ranged or melee but not both at the same time, but I hope that's what happens because it's better than nothing.
Maybe if we got dual-wielded pistols/crossbows I'd be happier with this change. Maybe. I mean, bows are still my favorite of the three ranged weapon types, so. :/ I dunno, it's just... dual-wielded melee weapons was one of the original things I thought were really cool about hunters that drew me to the class, alongside Eyes of the Beast. So I'm a bit crestfallen, to say the least.
Maybe Pandaria will be gorgeous enough and WoWemon will be awesome enough that I won't care in the end? Maybe?