Is There a MoS Philosophy?

Why yes there is. I'm glad you asked.

(Also, take a look at the last few pages of the R1 Newsletter from 2008, which you can source from the 2005-2008 Newsletters link under the MAFL - The Early Years tab in the navigation bar. While you're there, please take a moment to read the back story to the Heuristic Tipster known as Shadow - it's a favourite of mine.)