I think many of us felt that by stating we had posted mail were making it clear we were offering support, It was not a case of "and here is something we are not going to say to you" (or at least that was the case in my case)
The message was: Iona has my support but it is not appropriate to disclose the nature of this, but please rest assured that I have contacted her.
Personally I don't see anything wrong with Maggie, Barry, Bagpuss or Cyrilla doing that either.
But why "rest assured"? We can already see that plenty of people have offered support openly - why should certain people's support be considered more valuable and valid than others'?
Is it really likely than anyone is sitting around worrying whether forum member A, B or C has offered their "superior", private support? Anyone who's really concerned would offer their own advice or show their own concern. And who is this "us", anyway??
Sorry to protract this, but I really don't understand your point.