There are a lot of people in IM that are over 45 and just got into the "digital thing" a few years ago and have positioned their selves as somewhat of an authority on this site and others. They have an extremely conservative outlook and frame of reference when it comes to IM techniques, methods, etc. They bring an old school mentality to the IM world that simply doesn't belong any more. They are quick to label anyone using techniques and methods that they don't understand as cynical. Because of their irrelevant moral hang-ups...I've seen quite a few people get banned from forums and blacklisted.
I think that it's time to establish a new standard, a new code of ethics and a new approach to IM. I know that I am not alone on this and if you see what I see, let me know your thoughts.
Now, I already know that there will be some replies in this thread from some of the old school conservatives that will do exactly what is expected. That's the main reason why their old paradigm is fading...it's predictable.