I'll tell you a story that will explain my feelings on them. I am a huge Ultima fan...despite being burned time and time again by EA and their purchase of Origin I was very much anticipating Ultima 9. I got the game and rushed home to install it. I had purchased the "Dragon" edition, the box is essentially the size of a sheet of drywall and there are a ton of goodies inside. I more than paid for my purchase.
I couldn't play it.
For whatever reason, safedisc hated the True52X CDRoms from Kenwood and I happened to have one. I had to resort to a no-cd crack to play the game and realize my full dissapointment.
Fast forward to more recent times, I'm playing Morrowind and I'm wondering why I'm getting such jerky performance on my system. One no-cd crack later and the thing runs like silk.
Lets face it, no-cd cracks are almost necessary for some games to even function. That said, lets be smart about it, take it to PM or email. Out and out requests for the no-cd in public forums make the publishers unhappy which hurts the site, some of them don't realize that we are a more mature gaming crowd who actually purchase the games we play.
I totally agree, and I have done it beore for the same reasosns. I think its perfectly alright (to use a cd crack) if you just ploped down $50 for a game that you cant play.