My newly coined name for these folks.
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Words are funny things. So many problems, misunderstandings and even fights come about through incorrect interpretations of what people think another means when using a specific word. This is why in theology for example the first order of business is always to define terms.
If we don't have a clearly defined meaning of a word that is shared by all who are in the conversation what results is assumptions. Oddly, human beings have a general tendency to assume negative motivations, states of mind, etc. in someone else, and to excuse or interpret their own actions, thoughts, conclusions much more generously. In counseling of couples, in politics, et al, this is generally referred to as 'Negative Mind Reading.'
Why am I being so philosophical? Because I think the real issue is what one thinks 'cloning' means will determine whether they clone or not; or think others should.
Is brewing classic styles cloning? Is using a recipe from this website cloning? Is using a kit cloning? Is brewing a beer based on BJCP guidelines cloning? One could argue that they all are or none are.
Cloning for one person could be a general target, for another a highly rigorous, scientific process with double-blind processes and the like.
I for one don't care. And I guess I'm also arguing for others not to care. We are all beer brewers. That is the goal. If you brew beer and you enjoy it, you/we win. I think it should matter not a whit to the home brewing community if one is motivated by making exact duplicates of something they love, or by making beers no one has ever had before.
We will alienate a lot of people if we have a list of acceptable/unacceptable motivations for brewing.