"Some people like a review/article/story with edge/flair/personality, some don't."
Good point, Chris. While I think Doug made some excellent points in his post above, I have been watching the general reaction to several of Ryan's recent, perhaps controversial, comments, including the one that began the review, with dismay. It seems to me that a lot of folks are just waiting to jump down his throat at the slightest provocation, instead of bypassing the parts that irritate them and concentrating on the meat of his posts. He's a bright guy with a lot of experience and insights that he is trying to share, not always in the most sensitive way, but what does that matter in the ultimate scheme of things? What I fear is that he will give up in disgust and retreat back into the silence that so many of you were b!tching about until he started posting again. That would be a significant loss to the community, IMO. To all of you who are so roundly offended, I would say this: If you are confident in your gear selection ability and satisfied with the results in the field, what does it matter how Ryan phrases his comments? Let it slide and take what nuggets you can from the content. He might just come up with something you haven't thought of, in which case the rought edges of his prose are a small price to pay. If not, why not just let it go? Nobody's perfect and, in any case, there are people on this site with far less to offer who post using far more offensive language than RJ. Maybe save some of your indignation for them? Personally, I am looking forward to the new format and the large amount of useful information it promises to contain, and I could care less if RJ doesn't come off like William Jennings Bryan.
To paraphrase Roman Dial: We post our insecurities.
Edited for content.