om, what i meant by 'live by the sword' is this, if you're depending on being able to climb a route safely because you believe there is a pin where you need it, then you've already screwed up. if you live by that philosophy, then that philosophy may end up costing you big time when the pin isn't there, or it became loose over the Winter... i.e. live by the sword, die by the sword.
as for published route descriptions, i would say this... just because a route description specifies a pin's location, doesn't mean it was right to put that pin there to begin with, or that it should be replaced if for some reason it's pulled, or falls out. what are you saying... that if it's published, it's there forever?
as for bad karma, pounding in pins should be good for getting plenty of that.
i don't steal pins, or chop bolts, but i'm not gonna get all weepy when it happens. if you're looking for someone to protest this, don't look at me. i sat the less hardware up there the better.