Thanks to Changed for pointing this out to me: The New York Times posted a very intersting article on the hardcore vs. casual issue. They interviewed hardcores saying that casuals being able to participate at their own plodding pace "is a joke", and complain that "It used to be that it was worth something — there used to be a pride saying that you did it, but not anymore. Now it’s, ‘How low is the bar?’".
The casuals were interviewed too, and are quoted as saying: "The complainers are just a bunch of ornery, grumpy people who want it all to themselves and don’t want the slower. But too bad. The whole is fueled and funded by people like me."
Before we start the same old discussion here all over again, please go and read that post in the New York Times, before coming back here to comment.