This has got nothing to do with "tradition," "respect," or "gratitude" or any generational divide. It should not be controversial that one can appreciate the importance of respect and gratitude, and demonstrate these qualities, without playing along with this uncle/nephew -- I will be polite here -- eccentricity. If others want to play along with it, have at it. But it is an odd practice, and, I think, imminently understandable that the convention discourages some from participating or causes some to simply pass the forum by. This is a well-used forum so I guess this convention works here. Or, probably more to the point, it does not sufficiently get in the way. I don't get it, but I don't have to: shaking my head and wondering what the hell this is about is a small price to pay for the generosity of spirit displayed, and the great information provided here, virtually every day.
The great thing about a forum, and this country is free speech. I disagree with some of your response..in particular the genrational divide. Many of the members of this forum know nothing about tradition, respect, or gratitude. They are part of the "Me" generation! They expect instant gratification with zero effort. I'm not saying that has anything to do with you. I certainly agree one does not have to participate in the Uncle/Nephew aspect of things, one does not have to participate in this forum. I respect you opinion on the matter. I do feel it fair to say some of those posting on the matter certainly lack "tact"