wow. we (the old folks around here) know who had the "download bot" and/or updated skins almost daily. it happened years ago. it is not a recent happening.
as for skinning being a competition, .......... it isn't now nor has it ever been except for the gui's of years past. if all you're after is so-called glory through a download count, you're skinning for the wrong reasons. i've never seen mike, tim, john, renato, or any others of their caliber complaining about download counts.