Joe, your main point in this poll is very well taken. In reality, there is no such thing as "going pro" any more, because there are no meaningful professional competitions. So in terms of one's career as a competitive skater, "going pro" is the same as retiring from competition.
A very few skaters, such as Michelle Kwan or Elvis Stojko, are so successful and so popular with the audience that they can set their own agendas and write their own ticket, as far as participation in shows and exhibitions after they retire from competition. But everybody else is pretty much stuck with a choice between continuing as an "eligible," signing up for whatever work they can get (Disney on Ice, e.g.), or going on to the next phase in their life, such as coaching.
This has to be the niche for the WSF to fill.