Long Live the Confederation!
(I had written something very long, and very exacting towards sheldo86 - but LOAF not only beat me to the punch but said it far better than I ever could, as usual.)
Aww, heck - I just ripped my best line from Star Trek IV.
It's probably important to remember that I've been doing this for a very, very long time - and that my professional is also in flowerly, meaningless words. That experience isn'ta trump card of any sort... the occasional burst of eloquence *doesn't* make me right (though I think the facts speak for themselves in this case - Shellos' capitalizing my nickname makes the object of his axe-grinding to become clear even at a quick glance).
In all honesty, if *Kavok* had been the one pressing the issue I would have been a lot more open to discussing it - I've had a lot of experince with stick-before-carrot type arguments... a lot of my best friends here are people who argued with me tooth and nail and then forgave eachother afterwards (including Chris Reid, even). As it is, this feels more like a public relations discussion to me... and I have quite a bit of contempt for such situations. I've been an abject, hard-core mouthpiece for Wing Commander fans for ten years of no games... I'm very used to not caring how the general public reacts to what I'm doing.