Well done Sage Chow, fun to read as always :P Love the reference to Bob (Gen1OU if you're King Serperior :P), I'm flattered that you think it deserves a tribute.
I'm sorry for dawdling with my Sapphire Scramble, I keep playing for like 30 minutes then getting bored and doing something else... I'll try again to work on it tonight, but it's starting to look like this chapter if going to be a long one.
And Random, I suggest you read my Scramblemon creation guide fully. I make a damn good case as to why research is necessary even for short challenges. You've seen my challenges right? None of them are very long or complicated, yet I research every last one of them to make sure everything I'm suggesting is possible and that the difficulty is right. Research takes time, hence the placeholder type reservations I recommend keeping.
If you're worried about getting ninja'd while creating a post by someone making a placeholder then make a placeholder of your own. There's is nothing preventing you from doing that. The point of the placeholder is so you can take your time writing a good post without worry of getting ninja'd and having your work go to waste.
Again, I'd like to reiterate that I also think long term reservations are an annoyance and we could really do without them. However, short term restrictions, which I think are better described by the term "placeholder" that people have started using to distinguish between the two are healthy. They encourage people take the time making good scramblemon, instead of rushing to make sure they don't miss the boat. Surely you can understand this, and can also see I'm not the only one to hold this opinion. Again, there is nothing preventing you from making your own placeholders.
Of course, it is ideal if people took a step back and let other people get some submissions in instead of trying to get one in every challange. Just show some consideration for other scramblers right?