I can understand your feelings of contempt and weariness on the subject of 3DMark scores. EVERYONE seems to post a thread about their scores. Believe it or not, this was the first time I've used 3DMark to benchmark my system/video performance. I wasn't trying to bore anyone with my results. I was just excited to score over 10k on the bench. Furthermore, I have used the online result browser, but I wanted more than just seeing the numbers, because as you said, the bench can be cheated. I felt the best way to judge my score was by the opinion of my peers.
Afterall, this IS Benchmark Central!