Malvolio more or less summed it up. I was going to write more. I was going to qualify that statement adding that perhaps, if this is what the designers had intended all along, the naming of Shepard probably wasn't a happy accident. But I didn't write more. I didn't preach, figuring that I could make a more powerful point by omitting an explanation. My guess was that by leaving it ambiguous I would be interpreted as following the zeitgeist of the thread - And that I was the one who had pushed "the joke" too far... To give those just "having a laugh" with it something to consider.