Y'know, I have pretty low expectations about the articles that appear on the WotC D&D website. And the "Save My Game" column, in particular, has been a lot of unhelpfulness. But the recent article, at http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/sg/20070518
, struck me as the silliest position I've seen come out of the official D&D folks since way back in the 80's, when Gygax castigated people for running games that didn't adhere to the letter of the rules.
In case you're curious, the Wizards columnist is castigating a DM for running a game that adheres to some rules, but not others. (In particular, the unnamed DM is using the "variant: freeform experence" rules on page 39 of the DMG.) The column calls him a hypocrite, among other unfriendly names, and suggests that the players tell him he's out of a job.
How is this column helpful?