Massdrop has, quite literally, LOWERED THE BAR.
It's catering to people who can't read their way through a drop carefully enough to grasp what The Bar is telling them.
I personally LOVE The Bar.
Maybe, in the interest of offering Productive Input,(instead of Mere Snark); How about you make it a Hide-able Feature. Like, a little on a button labeled, "Progress Bar", opens the Progress Bar on the page. You could have the default be HIDDEN Progress Bar, then those who like the Progress Bar could click the button and VOILA! Progress Bar Visible again!
Is that possible?
That would be way cooler than No Bar At All.