you address all cheaters, but yet you seem to think that all cheaters cause PSO to lose members
I disagree. Most players would prefer a pure game, where every accomplishment was worth exactly what it was. Nothing more, nothing less. How could any other way possibly be better?
If that is the ideal we strive for, then it means all forms of cheating harm it in a way.
If you're a religious person, then you would agree that all sin keeps us from the good. It doesn't matter how big or small the sin is, it still moves us away from the "good."
We shouldn't be concerned with the variance of severity of the actions of cheaters. All cheating is in violation of ST's ToS, which you agreed to. I don't understand how arguments can continue after this is stated. It's like the refusal to accept reality.
When you break a contract (especially a contract in which money is exchanged, as in ST's ToS), you are lying. Lying for gain is never right in any circumstance.
You could argue and say "Well it's right for me." But that would require a relativist point of view. A relativist is someone who doesn't believe there is right or wrong, good or bad. Yet the relativist states that it's good to accept others how they are, and it's bad to judge. But they also say there is no good and no bad. Thus their entire view on the world collapses in a puff of logic.
Conclusion? It's never right to lie. Cheating is lying. If you're a cheater, do your best to be a better person. Please, for the good of all. Getting angry at facts doesn't change facts. I could be infuriated that 2+2=4, but that doesn't change the truth.