Righty-ho. Put the kettle on, pluck a hobnob from the packet and listen to Uncle Duke.
I have posted previously on here questioning the level-playing field (when a post that needed editting was simply copy and pasted) and before that when the postings, top ten and publications were dominated by too few names, so trust me, I hear your pain.
As to Oxy's article- I think the joke was commentary on usage of the word 'gay' and as I read it I could hear the bigger kids at school pointing at my trainers / bag / life and hurling the 'ultimate' insult. I think for teenage boys then, an allegation of homosexuality was the default Defcon 10 insult, the equivalent of the 'c'word for many now, and it subsequently spread- I've heard one of our nurses say 'I'm rota'd on next weekend. That's so gay'. There is humour potential (as well as probably a PhD) in that metamorphosis of meaning from happy to homosexual to bad.
So....I think Oxy's article was a reasonable NIB. Personally, I don't understand the rigid inflexibility with regard to the length of the FP and NiBs; and I think many FP articles are clearly 'stretched to fit' and weaker for it.
Mr Wayland, however...you've got no right to complain! You've consistently produced many excellent pieces of work, and received rightful acclaim. I don't know if Oxy has enough FPs to depose you from Writer of the Month but its sure to be coming soon. Personally Wayland, I feel you have embraced the medium terrifically and your writing is an absolute joy. Don't you dare depart!