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At least the last time I saw it, like Sutter said, it does indeed leave things in the hands of the GM. Listing an expected level for everything makes it a lot easier for the GM to make those decisions than not listing it, however, and it also makes it easier for the GM to design adventures around expectations as well.
For instance, imagine we did that in Pathfinder, listing all the expected levels for various stat items, weapons, and so on. It would then be much easier for a GM to figure out how to do an automatic bonus progression, or to track where her PCs were sitting compared to those expectations. I certainly wish I had been able to get my hands on something like that when my group first switched to 3.0.
This table would be more useful to me as a GM than a WBL table, because as a GM it's so painful to reverse engineer appropriate gear.