For some, the enthusiasm with which it is embraced is inversely proportionate to the competence of the embracer, compounded by the frequency and volume of their assessments of their "1337ness".
That guy is good. I might have to steal that for my signature. Unless Ngoonee steals it first.
Heh, my first experience on Linux was Ubuntu 9. I used it for a month, liked it, but wanted to learn more about Linux. Therefore, I threw myself into Arch Linux (yes, after only a month of prior experience in arguably the easiest, most abstracted distro).
I remember thinking how hard Arch must be. Then you use it for a month. Then you realize it's much easier in many regards, if you're a poweruser.
If all someone learned from Arch was how to paste stuff into a terminal, that is their own failure. If you don't want to take the time to understand what you're putting into the terminal and why you're doing it, just stay with Ubuntu, it was made for people like that.