Many players have been complaining about lack of customization when the attributes now will be auto-assigned, but WoW is a good example that customization will be possible, regardless of how the stats are assigned. More customization will available through items and runes. Now, the system does not have to work specifically like WoW, but there won’t be a lack of customization as such. Whether you just want stat assignment for nostalgic reason, or have other “proper” reasons, there will still be other customization available.
Bashiok added a bit more in a later post in the thread:
The gem stats at this point are more or less just the basics yanked from Diablo II to get the system running and have something to play around with.
Isn’t it cute, the contortions the Bliz web teams goes through to avoid linking to any fansite info sources? Say… here or here?