Well ,what is 500 gold? Chickenfeed. Less then chickenfeed.
What is 50K experience points by that time in the game? Nothing really.
You still do Augury Rock eventually. You just don't get tied down by big brother's timeline even if you skip the wilderness quests like everyone did to get to Augury Rock quicker. In other words you think for yourself and enjoy the game your way.
And when I started playing Guild Wars there wasn't just Prophecies only. That would have been boring not to have the full game from the get go for me.
Glad I came across the game 6+ years ago when they fixed stuff like having to wait until Augury Rock to get the other professions. And it was a fix otherwise they would have barred Prophecies characters from gaining access to the professions via Closer to the Stars.
Sorry, can't eye roll back at you. I think that sort of stuff is pretty rude and uncivil.