BBB, you are one of the most respected members on all the T-Nation boards...so when I get what could be interpreted as a negative reaction from you, something HAD to be wrong! And it HAD to be the way the original post was written.
I think you're right...many are probably both. And I do understand your comment with regards to fresh steroid users and orals...however, I do think there are some oral only protocols that would be satisfactory for some "noobs". It all depends on the goals. Of course, if the goal of the noob is to be at competitive bodybuilding size from oral only, etc...it isn't going to happen.
But....if the noob is really a category 1 person, who had done their research properly and who only wants to use steroids like medicine...i.e. to overcome some physical ailment like overtraining, adrenal fatigue, excessive soreness....then such low or temporaty usage CAN help get the body back on track without negatively effecting the body's natural system that much, if at all. This person could return to training faster, which would help him/her attain goals faster.
This is something I had done before I stopped using anabolics outright (but this does NOT mean I am not going to use again in the future....perhaps very very near future). I was actually very pleased with this style of usage, but it in no way gave results comparable to real cycles.