I love how popular this thread has been, and similar threads since 2.0 yet the devs seem to think nothing of it. Its really sad that more community members have come up dozens of decent ideas to re balance this class and yet we aren't even getting a nod in our general direction.
It is because they do not play this class, so that is why they could care less about fixing it. The sole person who does class balancing has admitted that he plays sniper and pvp's on an assassin. Coincidence that snipers are the best dps class out there? I think not.