LOL. I find this entire discussion hilarious, because you people lack historical context. It’s not your fault - you weren’t around in earlier times. I will now provide that historical context.
Years ago, battleships used to be fine. But Eve has always a group of people that we will call “big ship haters.” By this, I mean that they hate anything bigger than a cruiser. Years ago capital ships weren’t really a thing, so at that time they focused their rage against Battleships. One of their rallying cries was “bigger should not mean better!” By this, they meant that smaller, cheaper, and easier to skill into ships should mean better. So they agitated on the forums for nerfs. Constantly. And over time, they got those nerfs, because 1) a small but vocal minority is like a squeaky wheel that gets the grease, 2) there was not much opposition from the majority because they were not activist forum warriors like the “big ship haters,” and 3) contrary to what CCP or anyone else says, CCP balances according to “forum whine.”
Thus, battleships were crippled and neutered in numerous ways, and left in a state to where they were relegated to “level 4 mission running ships.” I used the phrase “level 4 mission running ships” because one particular “big ship hater” on the forums years ago used that exact phrase. He said the role of battleships was “level 4 mission running ships,” and having been nerfed down to that status, that’s where they should remain, because that was their (newly-prescribed by him) role.
After having achieved their goal of killing battleships, the “big ship haters” later moved on to focusing their hate and forum whine onto capital ships. This is where it has been ever since. So over time capships have been nerfed more and more. More nerfs will be coming in the future. They will be put into a role of “nullsec anom running ships.”
So, there you go. Historical context provided by yours truly - Beast.