Happypappy wrote me with an interesting suggestion: should the top raiders who were the first to vanquish this or that raid boss be rewarded with special status symbols? Instead of having raid dungeons that only the top players will ever see, we could have somewhat easier raid dungeons accessible for more people, but the top dogs who got there first would get a special reward. Thus maybe they wouldn't complain all that much when other players get to see the same content as well.
The special rewards for server firsts should be highly visible, like special mounts, or some glow effects, or armor with a unique texture. Isn't that what top raiding is all about, to be recognized as being the best?