Point 1: Mark Anderson is the not-often-enough celebrated hero of this forum. Any challenges in Climbing Mt. Tinderbox would be incomparably harder without his selfless contributions here and with aTbRef.
Point 2: Here is how I understand what Mark A was saying in closing the preceding thread:
There are lots of areas in which people just differ in style and taste. For instance, Mac vs PC. Or iPhone vs Android. Or, in a realm I have dealt with over the years, Chinese written characters vs Western alphabetic script.
It’s useful, in discussions on these topics, to have people figure out how to navigate in one realm, by comparison with the other. For instance: “What is this screwy Command key on the Apple keyboard, and how do I get used to it?” Or, “why does the DEL key on a Mac work the way it does?” Or, when it comes to language, “What’s the best mnemonic device for keeping track of these all-look-the-same Chinese characters?” Or, “is it worth learning Traditional characters [as in Taiwan / Hong Kong], or Simplified [as in PRC]?”
It’s less useful to say, in a learning-the-Mac forum, “Why do you people pay for Macs, when PCs are so much cheaper?” Or, vice versa, “Why do you people put up with PCs, when Macs are so much simpler?” Or, in a phone forum, “Why use Androids, when iPhones are more secure?” “Why are you such iPhone fanboys, when Android is a more open platform?” Or, “Why does China have these nutty characters,” vs “Why is English spelling so hard?”
All of these “Why do you…?” questions are legit, but I think Mark A was saying that they’re beyond the useful range of a user-to-user forum. People like different approaches and styles and aesthetics. I think Mark was saying: If you’re looking for guidance on how to use this system more easily and effectively, this is the place! But if you’re more interested in “Why do you people pay for Macs?”/“Why do you people put up with PCs?”, the discussion may reach the end of its useful course.