For the lack of a better place to post an honest question to LL.
Do you, LL, consider working a route (trad and/or fixed gear protected) equall to "sport ethics or mentality"?
It seems to me your writing of late implies that it is not "real" trad to work a route before a clean ascent from the ground.
If you do, then you set an incredibly high bar. Many significant free ascents of recent memory, perhaps beginning with the remarkable freeing of The Nose by Lynn Hill, involved "working" the crux pitch(es) before the clean FFA from the ground. She climbed big walls, hard trad, sport climbs, boulders, competed on plastic. Do you call her a trad climber, a sport climber, or just a darn amazing climber?