As one of the "Angrier" voices on here about some of these issues, let me wade in...
I think inherently the worst take on the value of visibility and being featured on Tapas is the cracked logic of underselling it to those who haven't received it.
Sure, I understand it's not a direct pathway to whatever defines "success" in this industry but the continued narrative of NOT acknowledging it as a mainly positive experience definitely colors my opinion of those who push that storyline. When a poster says it only led to "X" more subscribers, it's usually a number substantially way more than our group's current subscribers. It can't help but raise my ire.
The logic is simple.
If being featured got us ONE more subscriber, it's still ONE more than not being featured.
I, personally, don't have a built in bias to individuals that benefit from a system... but that doesn't disqualify me from attacking a system I, personally, see as flawed. I can understand that for those individuals, it sometimes seems like the attack is focused at them specifically.
But no, I respect the individual's grind and their individual paths.