Camiie, you really don't know Byrth well enough to make those judgments. You are getting too personal in your criticism. I don't see venom in Byrth's response. I do see some indignation. I can understand why he would take the insult personally, it is pointed at him.
So calling me a self-righteous idiot isn't insulting and personal? He knows me well enough to make that claim? Oh well, different standards for different posters I guess. At least I haven't been scolded by the mods yet.
Byrth is one of the smartest and laid back players I've talked to. He has put in alot of time and effort to discover and share helpful information with the online community. I have not seen him post negative or derogatory comments on other players. I haven't seen elitism, bad manners or bad attitude from Byrth over many posts on Zam, BG, and FFxiah forums.
I'm thankful for the work Byrth and other players have done to enrich the FFXI player community.
Why do you think I expected better from him than hacks, cheats, insults, and weak justifications? I appreciate all that he and others have done as well. Lord knows, when it comes to math and strategy I'm an abject failure. No one enjoys helpful information more than someone like me. I need all the help I can get.
Does it earn him a lot of respect? Sure, of course it does. I do have respect for him despite how it may seem. Does hacking his way through Neo-Nyzul invalidate everything he's done? No. Does everything he's done justify hacking his way through Neo-Nyzul or being so defensive about it? Not to me.
Nyzul 2.0 has flaws in it's design. I don't think there are many here to disagree with that. I think a few user interface changes to help in that event are no big deal. I have not actually made a run on the event yet, but I expect I'll use fillmode and I've downloaded Byrth's dat mod files. The UI trouble in FFXI has been ongoing for a long time. SE has made a few baby steps to improve it recently, but it is still insufficient.
Is the opacity of walls really a UI issue? They're not supposed to be see-through. And the lamps are supposed to look the same, and you're supposed to communicate to figure out what you're dealing with. The event is horribly flawed, the UI is primitive, and no one hates lamp floors more than me. I have never once disagreed with the idea that Neo-Nyzul is a sorry excuse for content. I only disagree in how the playerbase is handling it.
I don't condone flee hacking, as it can damage the play quality for other players. I don't see it as a big deal in Nyzul however. Its not a competitive part of the game like claiming ground kings has been.
I think it becomes a problem when people who can't or won't cheat have to compete with people who do for party/ally spots. The stuff they obtain doesn't exist in a vacuum. It does have some affect on the game world.
As far as the argument about it affecting how SE perceives the quality of Nyzul 2.0 and how to adjust it, I don't believe that argument has a leg to stand on. SE has made plenty of historical precedent as far as how quickly or responsive they will be to details like Nyzul 2.0.
I think it will have some bearing on how they'll create future content. Whether that's good or bad remains to be seen. If they see that there's more Neo-Nyzul 100 gear out there than they intended how will they react to that? Will they make the next uber set from the next event even harder to obtain? Can you not see SE doing something like that?
I think most ppl who complain about those getting gear in Nyzul 2.0 are jealous and pay just as much credit to showing off gear as the ones who do brag that they have better gear and criticize those who don't. The only difference is who has it and who doesn't.
I also think alot of the players who get on a high-horse about it, would use the same tools in many cases. I think the difference would be technical know-how or willingness to learn how to use the tools.
but I'm just guessing, Anyone reading might know if they fit this or not.
I'm no bastion of virtue, and I'm not immune to jealously, but this isn't me. I can't prove that to you, so you'll obviously believe what you want and there's nothing I can do about it. I have zero problem with people who can get gear from Neo-Nyzul or anywhere else legitimately. If I had problems with everyone who was better geared (or just plain better) than me I'd have problems with a whole heck of a lot of people and I don't.