I hear quite a bit about this whole AB fanboy thing. So I'm going to put my two cents in (maybe three who knows).
First, let me say I work as a Systems Administrator (my other real job) for a facility that is not only a non-profit but takes care of the elderly and the youngins.
Second, lets just say the older we get (and this goes for all of us) the crankier we get. Call it the "he's set in his ways" syndrome. He's entitled to it, Paul has after all done things few can do, create a great product at a fantastic price that all of us can afford sooner or later. Not to bad for a man who is not only CEO but also 72 years old. Him being the main engineer and by all accounts, the only engineer that ain't peanuts folks.
Third. Call it pride or hubris which ever fits your desire. Paul has pride in his products and his ability. No more so than most of us here. Either way, it generally gets us into troubles if we don't handle it well. Just look at the critiques of work here, some good, some not so good, others just down right hostile. It happens when you open yourself up to others.
Personally, I think Paul made the right decision. I'd rather have him designing products he takes pride in then designing products that meets every little nit-picking want -to-have request out there. Face it, how many of you talk directly to the CEO of say Elinchrome and get that one on one face time? Probably not many. So thanks Paul for all the information, the great customer service and more importantly for your time and dedication in producing products we can use and afford.
My last and final point is simple: We are all fan boys, be it Canon, Nikon or (insert company name here). If I could do what Paul does and make money at it, with his level of attention to the customers, well I'd be better off financially and more than likely better known. Meanwhile, I'm using my AB's and not looking back at silly little discussions of about effective ratings versus real, I'd rather learn lighting than conduct silly (to me) measurements.