I sincerely hope that some of the more colorful posters here who have intentions of presenting helpful and useful information for other members of the community, realize fully their social pitfalls made apparent in this thread, and take steps to avoid them in the future. I would hate to see a guide writer responding to individuals within his own guide in the manner I've seen here.
Heated debates that get the blood going are one thing, but contemptuous and disrespectful bickering between individuals yields few positive results despite what one might believe. The only thing I have observed here in this thread, are individuals who appear as defensive as they are quick to disregard their own morales.
None have won any points here in this thread, even when you attempted to reconcile, you each quickly reverted back to pot shots at people you should have been ignoring entirely, usually in the very next post.
If one wishes to be respected, offer respect. By using a more respectful tone, especially in the face of overwhelming ignorance, it can be earned by your opposing party as well as those observing it. If individuals disrespect you on the forums and violate the rules, report it and have it removed. By responding to it, or even addressing it, you give it power over you.
Don't let it.
The points made here I care very little for, even the OP's, which is an old concept that reaches back to the Burning Crusade - Mitigation Vs Health Vs Threat Gen. What interests me is productive dialogue on game mechanics and applications, but I certainly don't find reading thru 6-8 pages of useless discourse to get to a scrap of useful data a productive use of my time.
I regret having to post this, and if you feel I am insulting you in any way, please note that is most certainly not my intent. Because I'm not angry, I'm saddened by whats happened here, and I am trying to be as respectful to each of you with this response as possible. I think some of you have some interesting opinions and a lot to bring to the table in these discussions on the topic, but going about it this way is very counterproductive.
Again, I do not mean to lecture or insult. Please do not take it as so.
Edited by Deathpony on 1/6/2011 3:01 PM PST