Outside of people who've just purchased the game and don't know any better, when was the last time you've seen anyone using the Shortbow in pvp OR pve? How can you mess up such an iconic ranger's weapon for five years? I don't get it, really. They buffed Longbow years ago, but nothing was done to Shortbow.... oh yea! They buffed power damage on a condi weapon, great stuff.
You look at every single SB skill, and ask yourself what the hell is this garbage??? The CC sb5 is the only half useful skill, but even then, if you compare it to similar skills with the same CD (Magic bullet on mesmer's pistol and pin down on war longbow), its absolutely laughable in comparison. Do you wait for GW3 to be released to buff Shortbow, Anet?
Here's my quick suggestion on skill rebalance, so this weapon is even able to compete with Axe/Torch or Axe/Dagger on condi or cele builds.
2sec Bleed from any angle. Pierces targets. Per pierced target, 1sec of bleeding is added to the targeted enemy. Flanking fact removed.
Add 2 additional poison darts for a total of 7. Narrow down the firing cone so this skill is usable to 600 range (5 darts should be able to hit at 600 range. If you want all 7 to hit, melee range will be needed). Poison duration is 7sec from any angle. CD and firing speed stays as is. Flanking fact removed.
In addition to what it currently does, add 1 stack of Burning for 3sec if you hit the target. If you hit the target while having Swiftness, you apply 3 stacks of Burning for 3sec instead. Activation time, Evade duration and CD stays the same.
Increase CD to 15sec. You apply 5sec of Cripple. You also apply 3 stacks of Torment for 5sec IF the target was moving. YOUR three next attacks apply Bleeding for 10sec. Your Pet next attack apply 1sec of Immobilize. Activation time stays the same.
Flanking fact removed. This skill now stuns for 2sec from any angle. If a skill is interrupted, you apply 5 stacks of Confusion for 5sec, and the interrupted skill takes 5 additional seconds to recharge (additional CD time shouldn't work on autos of course).
Nothing will ever improve for SB in this decade, but i had to get it off of my chest.