People bastardize Starting Strength all the time, and of course people who AREN'T SERIOUS ABOUT BODYBUILDING are only going to work their mirror muscles.
Why do those guys even merit discussion on a bodybuilding forum? let alone being the basis for what you recommend to every beginner?
Where I train (a real gym, that actually hosts bodybuilding shows and has guys that are actually "big" train there), the biggest and strongest guys all train the way bodybuilders traditionally have for decades.
As I said before, WHO CARES what some idiot teenager or 20 year old does in the gym that only cares about his abs or biceps? This is the BEGINNER BODYBUILDING FORUM, not the TRICK UNMOTIVATED YOUNG MEN INTO DOING POWERLIFTS FOR THEIR OWN GOOD forum. Can you point me in the direction of any guys who came to this forum (why would they even come in the first place?) that were only interested in doing situps and concentration curls, that were somehow convinced to do Starting Strength or 531, and are now accidentally big and strong when they never cared to be?
This is not a hobby for everyone. The fact that many guys are too dumb to do a proper routine does not make a traditional bodybuilding routine any less than THE BEST MOST PRODUCTIVE THING FOR A NOVICE TO DO. Why the hell would you base your advice to beginners on the lowest common denominator of guy in the gym who HAS NO REAL BODYBUILDING GOALS?
A lot of guys would like to make the money that a doctor makes, but they would never put in the time and energy to go through medical school properly (if they even have the intelligence to do so in the first place). Does that mean if some guy comes to you and says he wants to be a doctor where should he start, you tell him to shoot for an associate of arts degree because that's more than most guys do?
And by the way, I don't know why you think muscles like the biceps and traps are "magic" and can just be "brought up" when they are left lagging behind other muscle groups. You do realize it's the same exact MUSCLE TISSUE right, not "vanity pixie dust"? The tissue takes just as long to build as your thigh or chest muscles do. Leaving them lag for now thinking you'll just work em out later is beyond retarded.