Well, my opinion should certainly be taken with a grain of salt. Most of my opinions at this point regarding this topic are shaped by a) my attempt at a bulk last year and b) stuff I've read on these boards over the past year and a half or so.
As far as Mr. Rider's objections:
To 1: I really strongly support the idea of monthly, and here's why: first off, FFBs tend to be pretty numbers-obsessed. We have wired ourselves to associate scale weight going up with negativity or failure. Our minds need to observe the improvements in the mirror as concomitant with increases in scale weight to forge a more healthy connection.
When I was bulking last year, I only gained 40 pounds. I remember weighing myself a whole lot (at first biweekly, then weekly, then daily). Not only was I looking at the wrong thing (should have been checking my progress mirror-wise and lift-wise), but I think that's the reason I only gained 40 pounds (although I did gain an essentially entirely lean 40).
To 2: Point taken. I guess I was just thinking about lift totals as a way to push off thinking about either scale weight or aesthetics initially (i.e. for the first month or two, to give your body a legit chance to adapt before someone goes cutting of his nose to spite his face).
To 3: Two to three months might be reasonable. I was thinking about six months more as an initial barrier cost of actually committing to bulking for the FFB. After the first six, then perhaps the 2-3 model might be better, with according increases in frequency as you want to fine tune or not.
To 9: For most FFBs, losing huge amounts of weight very often leads to an OCD relationship with food and diet. Making oneself adhere to strict 'bulking' restrictions (which is by many accounts an oxymoron) has two benefits for this group: a) it gives us a "plan" to feel like we're focusing on.
I think that we psychologically need that; b) it prevents the risk of undereating. As an additional benefit, a lot of FFBs have bad relationships with "fatty" or unhealthy foods--eating "clean" can alleviate those feelings without standing in the way of progress if done right.