I have no problem with mad thread starters. Sometimes it gets slow around here.
I do sometimes think that this site is too focused on process at times, and fails to remember that photography was a means to an end. To get a picture.
All the processes and innovations all the way up to today is about the evolution of a tool.
Granted there are nice hammers and saws and chisels and woods and glues but the goal was still always to make that chair.
I do appreciate (and participated heavily) in many processes until now I'm enthralled in the D word. (world)
I can understand the process fetish, the careful alchemy manipulation, the perfect negative, and the meticulous setting up of the shot, but the power and impact of the final image, I think, is still the reason for the exercise.