The Style Book vote definitely meant something, it was just a question of where the page title should be located in the actual code.
As Brett mentions in this thread,
there is now a new region titled "pagetitle" where the <h2> can be relocated.
It was decided to go this route because most people already had their page titles in their maincontent area, whereas the h2 in the titlegraphic div was used for the short promotional wording.
There will be changes for most people regardless, but by hiding the one region it at least should make for more consistency across sites if people don't have the chance to get their page titles transitioned into the new area by the go-live date.
Hopefully that makes sense.