I find this exceptionally surprising!
This type of behavior is not condoned at any other site (besides, obviously, personal sites). I don't mind seeing actual news. It's the editorialization, the loss of objectivity, and the fact that it's only coming from the CEO of StarDock. Perhaps I wouldn't feel so strongly if we saw other individuals blogs in the "news" section. The WC4 option to facilitate does seem like a more equitable solution.
I do beg to differ on the relevancy on some of the recent blogs. The 4-5 blogs posted regarding the Konfabulator issue seemed more an attempt to rile up a community than to present news. Again, a very one-sided depiction of the story was presented in the guise of a news item. That's the definition of "yellow-journalism!" This is not one man's site, it is a community site, and the treatment of it as a pathway for personal opinion isn't merited.
I lose respect for those that like their news "pre-flavored." I don't want to search every blog for the "root" of the information. Give me the data, and let me formulate a position. Again, this is obviously a personal matter of preference, but I beware of those that like their opinions handed to them they're fodder for zealots. This is one of the reasons I believe the front-page blogging
On the user classes: from what I gather, status is obtained first by purchase of a subscription, and apprentice or higher are only obtained by nomination or appointment. This type of system is conducive to people who will essentially say anything to appease the admins in order to improve a favorable standing according to purely subjective criteria. That's indicative of elitism.
I hope that WC4 further alleviates the situation, but my worst fear is that so many are vying for favor that nobody will admit to the situation. Jafo, your objective analysis above is appreciated, but I still see reason to press the issue.