The old main story was fun, and I think originally after beta it helped immerse the player into a somewhat meaningful experience. Now, since One Tamriel, Everytime I complete the quests on a new character, the prophet or another of the chars immediately appears telling you to hurry to the harborage. Back in the day, these events were unlocked by levels. I think that should be kept. Even if we're allowed to level a character to 50 without the main story...once we hit 50 and if we decide to do the story, then sure...let one after another happen. But I think prior to that, the levels should unlock the mission. It just helps with immersion.
Yes, I do heartily repent. I repent I had not done more mischief; and that we did not cut the throats of them that took us, and I am extremely sorry that you aren't hanged as well as we.
— Anonymous pirate, asked on the gallows if he repented.