Well, you really didn't real the title for this thread. For the record, I'm not some "Judgemental a$$hat," either. Far from it, buddy. Until you have held and played a genuine real relic, one that's been played to death, you can't appreciate how it feels and plays versus a cheap fake relic job that misses the mark by a mile. My first guitar in the early sixties was a heavily played relic. It was a Kay acoustic from the forties, not a square corner on the headstock, wear-rolled fingerboard, binding glued back on where it split and fell off and the best, my father glued the pickguard back on with rubber cement. It had scrapes, buckle rash and pick scratches all over the front of it. A genuine relic. I can't abide by the fake relics that took all of an hour to churn out. Either do it right or not at all.
And that's fine to have an opinion on relics. What I took issue with is the fact that some of the posters are grabbing pictures of other people's guitars and then bashing them. God forbid that somebody's guitar gets posted here and they see it getting mocked. Fun for those bashing... but not so much for the guy who's getting bashed. In my opinion, it's just a trashy thing to do.
It's one thing to have an opinion but it's something else to post in a public forum to openly abuse somebody's efforts. If somebody wants to point fun at some terrible relic effort that they did themselves, as well as invite someone else to do the same... have at it.
In the years that I've been here, one of the best parts of this forum was the support among members... it just appears (and not just by this thread) that it's turned into something else. Just an opinion.