What open tapping did for me was allow *informal* ad hoc groups. No muss, no fuss, get the job done. Then ./wave or ./bow. Sometimes these informal groups become formal ones. Sometimes they don't. For me, when they do become formal, there was much less wasted time for all involved. [Side note: This effect is one that I like when the general landscape has little to no 'must group or skip' areas. I have never liked 'must group or skip' areas on the landscape. I never will. They slow me down and add unneeded/unwanted drama. Remember we are not talking about kins/guilds where people have self-selected themselves into, er, cliques and get to team relatively regularly (which, I think, is one of the old vets' complaints).]
"No sadder words of tongue or pen are the words: 'Might have been'." -- John Greenleaf Whittier
"Do or do not. There is no try." -- Yoda
On planet Earth, there is a try.
Indeed, in a world and life full of change, the only constant is human nature (A is A, after all :P).
We old vets need to keep in mind those who come after us.