Did you read the OPs story? This was more about being rude to hikers and giving off a bad impression. While some trails can take a little more abuse it is still a bad look and presents the sport in a bad light.Well, one thing we should all remember is that we're from different areas. Here in the northeast, a day or two after long soaking rains, skidding can cause damage.
But now I just noticed this is in the Arizona subforum. My wife's family is in El Paso so I mtb there and in the normal dry season, it does seem like 100 people could skid there and not do any damage.
Thank you rockman, that was a powerful article. Fits in well with the discussion here and many others on this site where the “bro code” rules and bad behavior and illegal building is promoted.