I'm happy for you to have any opinion that you choose and to express it freely as you see fit. However, when you do this, it represents you and well, people will respond to that.
"...pretty hilarious. Tying shoes is so childishly simple and when done right will beat any fancy toggle/cordlock system, no matter how much Salomon sells it for."
Yes. We all know HOW to tie shoelaces. It's true. This doesn't make it better, that's simply your opinion. Your implication is that if someone is to prefer a way other than yours, the only possible explanation is that they can't tie their shoes "right." Better is a subjective term.
When you combine the above with a sarcastic/condescending tone to your follow up:
"Good luck finding parts to tie your shoes and getting a deal on shipping those little bits."
a picture starts to emerge about the attitude and intentions of your response.
The free exchange of ideas is good, however, belittling others simply because they have a different viewpoint and then dismissing opposing viewpoints summarily using terms such as "hilarious," "childishly simple," etc. does NOT promote the free exchange of ideas.
I'm not offended in the least, and I will consider your opinion, however, I don't find your response in whole to add value to the discussion, so I said as much.
"Yes Zack, this is a new social concept to me, please forgive my immaturity.
"Tough guy"? Ummmm, ok, yeah that describes me to the T."
Still more passive-aggressive behavior.
"Differences are fine, but this is backpacking light, you are essentially looking for a way to increase the weight of an uber minimalist shoe by adding a lacing system to a shoe that really doesnt require it."
This is your opinion, and in no way constitutes a statement of fact as you have implied. If we are to accept your logic in the above statement, we must then automatically assume that shoes themselves are of no value for discussion on this forum as shoes simply are an attempt to add weight to already minimalist feet that don't require them.
If this was true, there would not be a range of shoes in the market with different weights and features. Everyone on this forum would own the same pair of shoes. There would be no discussion of shoes on this forum, all it would be is a list of weights and we would all buy the lightest one. I think you can see this holds no weight, and as such, neither does your comment.
"Normally people are looking for ways to lighten and streamline the load, not add more bells and whistles."
This is a logical fallacy called appeal to common practice. Additionally, this is not even common practice here, in that you are mistaken. There are countless examples of people looking for bells and whistles. In some cases, they are looking for ways to lighten them, and in other cases they are looking for ways to lighten other gear to make room for the "heavy" bells and whistles.
"This is becoming more common here at BPL, so I should get with the times."
Again with the sarcasm and another logical fallacy: the bandwagon.
"Good luck with the lacing system, hopefully it compliments your hiking and meets your needs."
I'd like to believe this was sincere, but based on your tone and word choice, that doesn't seem like the logical conclusion.
There is a way to express your opinion without putting other down simply for having a different opinion. I highly recommend that you consider this in the future as I can assure you it makes for a much happier experience for everyone involved.