Sometimes personal opinions should be kept personal.
No matter what my personal bias of merlyn is ... 2000 posts is a good acheivement ... and I commend him.
I am not here to pass judgement on you either b/c we all have our own motives ... that is what makes us different ... and unique. I do feel however, that it is not good for the community as a whole to openly diss somebody for, I my mind, something that they are proud of.
I would agree with you if the post by merlyn was arrogant, belittling, degrading, Holier than Thou, etc., but I did not see it as such and that is why I decided to reply to your post. We are all here to help each other and to learn in the process ... that is the bottm line ... that is why this site is far better then IRC (no egos and icons) ... and that is why I keep coming back.
I have my opinon and you have yours ... and that was mine. If my view is clouded in this discussion then forgive me and this response is out of line.
"We rock the body to rock the party ... until the party rocks the body"
De La Soul