Not trying to split hairs on you Dave, but seeing "Air Traffic Controller (hobbyist, VATSIM, IVAO, etc.)" makes my skin crawl. It's like a guy who plays a lot of Call of Duty calling himself a soldier.
That makes your skin crawl? If they walk into a facility as a trainee and say they're ATC's because of VATSIM then they are going to get made fun of. However, this is a site that mostly has enthusiasts so it's no big deal. As is said time after time in real facilities, grow thicker skin.
I used to do VATSIM when I was a teenager. Looking back on it, I don't think it is particularly useful for real world application but it was fun and to try to belittle someone because they identify on this website as being a virtual controller is childish.