To use a musical metaphor, I can dig both punk rock and classical.
I think we're at the point now where people are putting in "ironic" star wipes so they're cool again. (But only ironically, if you're serious about them then that's considered bad.)
For really long term usability, saving in uncompressed is the best. It takes up a lot of room of course but anyone in the future wouldn't have to worry about what will be an old codec that nobody uses anymore.
It can happen. Just last year a friend who had had a stable long term career as camera operator in a TV station was replaced with a robot camera. He's now cleaning apartment buildings.
Stigmas can be shaken over time. Sometimes quickly.
Well, technically if you get paid for something then you're a professional in it.
I've got paid to edit, assistant edit and do graphics work using FCPX for the past few years.
I've noticed that people are coming back to it. Of course, nowadays they can save face and say "Well, of course it's good now, it was the early versions I didn't like.".