Don't do the whole quote splitting thing. It takes up a lot of extra space without really making your post clearer. And for that matter, we really couldn't care less about your loot woes.
My answers are based on live:
At anytime do we want to reforge dodge/parry/mastery into a threat stat (hit/expertise/crit)?
Hit and expertise are great for threat generation and DR is hitting dodge and parry really hard. IMO reforging dodge/parry (whichever is higher) into hit/expertise is a good idea if you're missing too many attacks.
Is the above if/then series ideal for Protection Paladins? If not, why?
Are you already at the expertise hard cap (55 expertise)?
If yes, then go to next question.
If no, then reforge any excess haste, hit and crit – in that order – into as much expertise as possible.
Any excess of hit should come before haste and crit.
Besides, I don't think reforging can be as simple as a series of if's.
I think we should also consider the bonus value for reforging. (e.g. if the item gives 40 haste and 80 crit and you want more expertise, reforging crit would give you twice the amount you'd get from haste)
And that's not counting gems and enchants...
Is it ever interesting to reforge mastery into avoidance or avoidance into mastery?
We need to reforge dodge/parry (whichever is higher) into mastery to get 102.5% combined defenses. Blocking prevents spikey damage and procs Reckoning, which is great for threat generation.
For survival what is our gearing strategy? Do we prefer to maximize mitigation and push mastery or do we prefer to maximize avoidance and gear dodge (or parry)?
I think we should first aim for 102.5% defense. If that means exchanging avoidance for mitigation, so be it.
Avoidance is always better than block for survival, but that might hurt our threat generation.
Originally Posted by Capstone
To be honest, I don't see us ever picking up haste or crit gear; if you feel the need to pick up "dps" gear to help with threat, you're going to want hit/exp/mastery gear. So the reforging tips for threat stats are marginally useful at best.
I don't know about Cata gear, but right now dps gear usually gives more str and sta than tanking gear and can be also a great source of expertise.
That made me replace my tanking cloak and libram for dps ones.
God knows I wanted to kill the dps that got [Lana'thel's Chain of Flagellation] in my last BQ kill.