Hang on, I'll get to the mod comment in a moment. First things first, which is a complete line of crap if you are dealing with medium to large amounts of data in your DR plan and have a long term requirement for DR. Keep in mind that the person you are responding to is talking about long term DR strategy that dates back decades.
I'm not sure which world you are living in where 10 year old hard drives require less space than LTO, but this is not physically possible. Are you trying to claim that you are using today's higher density drives through a time warp, or that you really have no experience with legacy system DR and are only working with current technology? No matter how you slice it you are dishonest, so let me go with the first assumption. SSDs were available about 10 years ago, but there is no way anyone in a production environment used them for more than testing or highly disposable purposes. The sizes back then were the same or less than SCSI (256GB in "production" drives), reliability was atrocious, and quite honestly we banned them during testing because they lasted days maximum in our high performance compute environment where they could have been the most beneficial. The footprints for the drives were exactly that of SCSI, which is about 4 times the area of an LTO tape. Data per cubic inch did not compare, and this is simple math to check.
So maybe you are not referring to SSD, maybe you are referring to Spindled disks from 10 years ago? If that is the case, please explain to us how you are shipping boxes of HDs off to Iron Mountain for safe keeping and ensuring that the heads are not damaged?
Next, you are not doing much in terms of mass data DR with hard drives no matter which HDs you are using. I can buy an IBM 35xx with 8-32 read/write heads and 256 cartridges in the chassis. I can pull out LTO1 tapes from 15 years ago and read them natively and I can read and write faster than any hard drive on the market. Doing this with hard drives you are going to have to go to Ebay and hope like hell you can buy a JBOD/DAS device compatible with your drives, then hope like hell you can figure out how to import the sets if you are using something like VFS/VCS and not standard LVM. Good grief, it's not "easier" or "faster" by any stretch of the imagination unless you are responsible for very little data. Generally the people using LTO are backing up a good amount of data on average. We have 28 Petabytes on line. Probably only 5-6 Petabytes are backed up regularly, but go ahead and try this on your "removable hard drive" backup strategy.
In other words, the only way your arguments can be valid is if you are responsible for very little data or perhaps you really don't have to worry about DR as you originally claimed. Many of us deal with Government contracts that require full scale DR, and many large businesses have similar requirements, and thes requirements include retention of 7+ years.
Not counting legacy systems, we have been migrating some data to multi-site DR (not full DR) to save money. Plucking hard drives is _still_ a horrible idea even given the higher density newer drives. Retention on a removable HD does not, and can not match the lifespan for an LTO tape which is designed specifically for a long lifespan.
Now to the point about moderation. I pointed this out the other day in a submission and a thread, moderation has been absolutely wretched lately. Nothing against this guys post getting moderated "Interesting" because it should generate comments. The person he responded to receives NO moderation and should be moderated as "insightful" since he is obviously involved in large scale DR. A whopping 2 posts have been moderated in this thread, and one contains wrong information for anyone curious about large scale DR.
It's not the incorrect posts being moderate that's the problem, it's the lack of moderation on posts correcting bad information.. and the lack of moderation overall in the last week or so that is the problem. For the last week moderation has amounted to an explicit bias, of no benefit or incentive for progressive dialogue (which is the whole goddamn point of the moderation system).