To start with CW, my post was a response to Robberhands. Since you apparently choose to take my comments personally, I will address your comments.
I have read a number of your stories and the complexity of your sentences has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I decided to use the word 'unnecessary' instead of 'filler'. What you said about the prior conversation is true and I do understand that aspect of the discussion. But there was more to the discussion than what you choose to comment on. You may also want to note that you defined that thread as an 'argument' and that means some of the posters had differing opinions and/or interpretations of the subject. In presenting their opinions, the 'argument' addressed more than just your 'filler' words.
Just because you were the OP does not mean you have the right to control what others choose to say in this or any other thread. Your 'issue' may not have been about subtracting or adding words, but I decided to comment on the use of 2 words when 1 would suffice. If you don't like my making that observation then that is your problem.
Your analysis is meaningless to me without my understanding the basis of the analysis and the results. As far as I know, you flipped a coin.
You used the phrases 'I felt', 'I decided', and 'seemed more fitting' in your post. To me, these phrases indicate that your opinion of 'more vast' being better than 'vaster' is a subjective opinion (i.e., a personal preference). Here's my opinion on the matter:
'Vast' indicates a large amount of something. 'More vast' and 'vaster' are both used to indicate that a comparison is being made between two somethings and one of them is larger than the other.
Your comment about analyzing the "subject" is ambiguous. What subject? The only thing in this thread that seems to qualify as your "subject" would be your sentence:
The world was not only more vast than they'd previously suspected, but it was more developed, with few wild, undeveloped areas.
In my opinion, worlds are very large but they are not infinite. Thus 'more vast' means bigger, not infinite. In fact, I can't think of any usage of 'more vast' that would qualify as infinite.
As always whenever we have these discussions, NO ONE is dictating how YOU should write your own stories.
I never thought that anyone was telling me how to write my stories, CW. You seem to use that basic comment with others frequently when they object to your telling them how to write their stories. Have you ever noticed the number of times you use examples of how you write your stories to illustrate your opinion of how the subject being discussed should be done. Personally, I consider that practice to be you telling people how to write their stories.
The problem, whenever anyone suggests something, wanting to discuss it, we immediately break into competing camps, ...
People expressing different views of a topic is the nature of such a discussion. The purpose of discussing a topic is not about us providing you with information. We all know you have relatively fixed opinions on most topics and reject almost everything that deviates from what you believe is correct. The point of the discussion is to share ideas and thoughts. In this Forum, discussions are typically done in a confrontational manner, but as I said so what; the ideas get shared.
If you pointed out that "more vast" takes you out of the story initially, instead of waiting until we'd hit 50+ posts in a day and a half, we'd be much further along.
If the only thing I had to do in a day was to sit here at my computer and read Forum posts, I would have contributed my post earlier. Since I had other things to do that day and evening, I didn't see Robberhands' remark until almost a day after it had been made. If I recall, you commented on more than one occasion about having the same problem with making late responses, so get off your High Horse.
But even then, without any understanding of WHY it throws you out of the story, I'm left with a simple opinion which runs counter to every other voice
Evidently, you failed to recognize my defining what takes me out of the story. I said:
Furthermore when I encounter something like 'more vast', I tend to stop and consider the relative vastness of the two items. The problem with that is it takes me out of the story.
Which part of 'stop and consider' was not clear. When a reader stops to consider what an Author said in a passage, they are no longer immersed in the flow of the text.
As much as you all deride Ross, he at least tries to justify his positions, searching for WHY one version works, rather than simply saying "No how, no way, end of discussion!"
Based on my recollection, people disagree with what he says – they don't deride him.
We don't say "No how, no way, end of discussion!" If we did, there would be a tenth or fewer posts in the threads. That may be your assessment of the overall result of having the discussion. Just because you believe you are right, doesn't mean we all have to agree with you. Many of us don't agree with what you believe. Your expressing your opinions as facts doesn't mean we have accept your opinion as fact, just because you phrased it that way.