I didn't close the thread in question because of any person's viewpoints or even the extent/regularity in which they were expressing them. I closed it because a minor war between a couple of users was on the verge of breaking out. If people would just post their opinions and explain them using specific examples, it wouldn't be a big deal.
In my experience, pretty much all wizzy-wig editors throw out spurious HTML, DIVs, etc. and result in ugly - not to mention often non-standard - mark-up. I will say, though, that Code Warrior tends to be one of the less egregious ones out there.
Also in my personal experience (aka. your mileage may vary), it doesn't really take long at all to design a page from scratch using a text editor, and I've never really understood that argument. What takes the most time is the management of pages. This can be largely overcome by either making your site database driven, using a CMS, or through the use of PHP/SSI includes. The fact that some wizzy-wig editors have site management tools included may be a factor in their reputation for being easier to use.
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