You make a great point, Uncle Dano. On one hand, I can understand how people are getting tired of the discussion, but it is still very much an important, almost philosophical, discussion of game ethics. I am not a Squeal basher by any means, but I too am very leery of where that line where the game will lose it's integrity. I don't think we are there, but when someone can justify that buying experience because earning that money is faster than earning the experience by skilling makes me very uneasy. And don't get me wrong, I've bought spins and have gained a lot of experience through Squeal, but that's not why I buy the spins; nor do I rationalize buying spins because having surplus income allows me to gain the experience (if not more) than I would have had I been playing rather than working. That being said, I don't feel bad about it, but Uncle Dano is a fair deal more ethical character than many of us.
But it still is an issue, and will remain an issue, because it is a fundamental argument of investing time verses investing money...and money shouldn't beat out time.
I like Squeal, I really do, but it's not perfect. What I'd like to see is the pendants stay and swap spaces with all the lamps and have lamps be as rare as pendants are currently. The pendants are a much more honest way of gaining experience by boosting or rewarding you for actually working the skill, rather than just a free handout of experience. I think most of us would be OK and would be far better at ease if they were to do this.
On another topic, on the first day of the Big Chin update, there were incidents where I shared a private hunting world with someone else who I neither invited or was a friend. However, this was never a bad thing. The creatures spawn based on you being in that area - like 5 or 6 spawn close to you. If someone else came into the world, they too had 5 or 6 creatures spawn, meaning double the amount of creatures! As to whether this was a glitch or just because so many people were trying it out that this happened, I'm not sure, but it definitely did happen and on more than one occasion with me.