I think many here have interests in both digital and analog techniques, and not one exclusively over the other.
Anyway, if anybody asks technically how a digital mask is done, I'd be upset with the disrespect for the forum.
But if someone asks whether it's cheating or not, I think it's applicable. Virtually the same results can be made using darkroom ways. But it'll take longer, and some (like me) would take more pleasure from it.
It's easy to get on the bandwagon of taking the easy way out. My goal is to be satisfied with my efforts, and often 'easy' doesn't apply - only how good I feel about the print.