Well, this may be the Internet-Feedback-Effect (I'm sure there's a KXCD for this...): You only provide feedback when you have a problem/complaint, but not when it's working as expected.
The result is that readers (like myself) often see these catastrophic reports (VMware CBT, Microsoft REFS trouble + dedup corruption, etc).
To me, such issues are a huge deal - how would I justify to my boss "Hey, we just lost those 1,5 years of backups because i didn't proactively run active-fulls once a month - sorry".
I totally understand Gostev, he has a much broader view and knows that only less than x% of customers are ever effected by such bugs, but hey, i might be one of those!
So yes, I will always run active fulls periodically. One day it will save my ass