Most of my stuff is decades out of date but then people haven't been updated in that period either-)
On the issue of it's the photographer and not the lens. I think it's broader then that. Awhile ago during a discussion of old lens on the large format forum of that other place somebody suggested people should state how they use the lens. For some reason I don't understand people got all in a huff about this simple statement.
Isn't even something simple like coverage related to how you use the lens? If you do nothing but contact prints are the standards for coverage similar to somebody that needs to enlarge the negative?
The quick fix idea isn't just limited to photography. Spend a bit of time in any of the big hardware stores on a Saturday and watch people buying tools. Often not to get a job done but because they think it will make them better at something they already have too many tools for.