That said, one thing about the incidents I have mentioned still resonates: when someone is working, I simply do not see it as acceptable to disturb them (unless, of course, a large bear, bull elk, or similar creature is on a collision course with said individual). When I see someone with a camera on a tripod, my operative assumption is that that person is either a serious amateur or a professional. As such, I will not engage said individual until he, or she, seems to be finished whatever he, or she, happened to have been shooting. My "intrusion" does not extend beyond a quick smile or nod until such time. To repeatedly rush up to someone - without an express invite - to attempt to see what they are doing is, at best, simple rudeness; and to attempt to replicate the work of another is dishonest and betrays a lack of one's own imagination and initiative. When the frontage viewing area is in excess of 300m in length, and there are only a dozen folks the entire length, is it really necessary to park right beside someone?
Concluding, the one remark here that really did piss me off was the one about the fact that I don't crop. You, Sir, are confusing a statement of personal preference/practice with what you seem to choose to interpret as dogma. I don't crop my 35mm work because I absolutely love the dynamism of the 24x36 format; I always have. The fact that I don't crop when shooting this format also ensures a measure of self discipline. Insofar as the square format goes, I simply prefer the challenge of filling a square. To those who crop, crop away! Do what works for you!