It seems to me this whole argument is about the definition of the word "exploit", which is seems unimportant to me. Another unimportant issue, to me anyway, is how the game "should" be played now. We all have our own copies of the game and should be allowed to play them however we want, save for competitions such as GOTM and HOF. In those latter two cases, the debate should be shifted from "exploit or not?" to "allowable in GOTM or HOF?". That way we focus on a specific decision rather than defining words. But I think that discussion belongs in threads specifically related to those competitions. The final, and truly important, issue is how we think the game should change in the future. And, the good news is that here I think most of us agree that it should be changed (TMIT included). The remaining question is, how should it change? I personally like the suggestion that RAs give a completely random tech that is not the one you are currently researching. This accomplishes the original intent (no RAs grant something you are almost done with) but removes the tedious micro.