I never said that.
That was my point ;)
Anyway I ain't even mad about it, its all cool. I don't have a problem with you or LaF, I sincerely wanted to join you because I thought it would be best shot at getting a win (something I've still to manage on *any* server) but my stubbornness got in the way of that. So here I am putting up second rate finishes in monsters ;)
One of the things I never appreciated back in the day that Alliance server allows for much more co-ordinated play than I had considered. I thought it was like "tag up, get protection, do your best" but in my senior years I appreciate there is a much richer side to it, whilst you cite tech leeches, market aid as on the no-no list I could just as arbitrarily cite 'ensuring there are enough oilers'. I think your perspective is coloured by being in a larger alliance, this affords you the ability to do things which smaller alliances couldn't hope to. Things which you would certainly categorise as being fair, honourable etc but what you can't deny is that they are things which are not available to smaller alliances. They are a competitive advantage that only the largest alliance has.
I'm not bitter about that, but I think you should acknowledge that if smaller alliances use the things they have available (within the rules) to their advantage, that is no more or less frowned upon.
This drives right to the heart of the altercation that occurred several resets ago where it is LaF that dictates what is policy. I'm over that, it is what it is. That's one of your "competitive advantages". No point in me hating on it. The real skilled player would attempt to understand it and try to find a way to use it give them an edge.
Still working on that part though, maybe one day ;)