Plushenko was not a favorite of mine and I have written critical posts about his skating. I have also tried to temper this with pointing out the positive aspects of his performances and career, which were obviously many. I know not everyone does that, and some people take criticism too far. But Plush is hardly the only skater to be the focus of negative comments. The top skaters will always have fans alongside detractors.
It seems as though all of us are more sensitive to criticism and negativity directed at our favorites, be it justified or not. For instance, I like Joubert and Carolina Kostner, and it certainly gives me no joy to see harsh comments about them - and there are many, as you are probably aware, and not just about their skating. I hope that even those of us who don't like certain skaters will stick to discussing their skating - ok, and their costumes and makeup - and do so without nastiness (IMO, there is an acceptable level of snark, though ).
Mathman, I agree Chan has excellent footwork. I don't find it special as in innovative or unique - just very, very well executed. Of course, there's nothing wrong with that! But he's certainly not the only one whose feet I watch during step sequences, and he is by no means the only skater paying attention to footwork. That's like saying Stephane Lambiel was the only one paying attention to spins - when the more accurate statement is that he was really good at it.