First of all, I am by no means calling for the removal of Sector Space. I actually think it is pretty cool as it allows us to see each other's ships while traveling to and from point A to point B...
But with transwarp becoming more and more widespread, especially with the ability to use it to instantly jump to the startpoint of many missions being an actual thing. From my chair, and from a technical standpoint, sector space is not really the big deal it once was. I mean, for those who want to use it, it's fine. But why not also allow players to visit their bridge, talk to their helmsman and plot a course that instantly can take them to where they need to go, wherever that may be?
If there has to be a time sink involved, as if the game isn't already one big time sink. when why not simply allow a distance/time calculation to be applied and have a time based progress bar indicating distance covered? But really, again, with transwarp to mission start locations now a common thing, a time sink to simulate travel time is not needed.
So here's a hypothetical question:
Would you consider it a big deal if there was the option to travel to any point of interest instantly without the need to use sector space?
When it comes to MMOs, I wear prescription glasses. Whether or not they are rose-tinted is beside the point.