The post did make me revisit the early days, I was one of the first public testers by invitation. The project HAS sparked something of a revolution in networking, if that's the right term. I learned almost everything I know about the internet from my early times on *D. and it has led me to many forking paths of exploration. So Ilya and the team have dome this microscopic piece of the universe an awesome favor.
Many good things have ensued from *D, some bad too. But one can choose how one uses the platform, and change according to prevailing conditions. I still subscribe to John Perry Barlow's 'Declaration ...'.