@ Khaptain (was:Re: Personally ...)
"What advantages does vi offer a writer ?"
The ability to just write. My goto for shifting ASCII from my brain into my computer has been vi (with the help of a Model M keyboard and a serial attached so-called "dumb" terminal) ... to the point where I have a user-name "write" that uses vi as the shell. When I'm writing (code, documentation, contracts, dead-tree letters), I don't like distractions.
Once the words are on the page, I'll format them as I see fit.