It sure does seem like the verters are mounting an impressive pump and dump, but it also seems to be that they are building the community that may allow it to survive. I know that there was a proposal to implement Zerocoin on top of Yacoin, but this now seems to be heading to Vertcoin first. This seems like a very big step in the right direction. Is this still gonna happen for Yacoin? I gotta say I hope so. I am on the fence about Vertcoin but some of the promoters are claiming "this hasn't been done before." No mention of the fact that they have links to Yacminer for the gpu mining and that the only difference is they chose a lower memory requirement to allow it to be more GPU friendly. This is turning me off to Vertcoin because credit should be given where it is due and that is clearly being avoided. But if there was more acknowledgment of the fact that they just tweaked Yacoin a bit then the price would be .0005 at most, which is where Yacoin belongs right now.
I'm not an expert on Vertcoin - but to me it seems like Vertcoin is just another clone. People are hyped right now on 'new coins' and 'such wow' and trying to make a few (quick) bucks. People (including myself) minded bitcoins at a loss of years in hopes that they would someday become valuable and useful. IMOP these new 'hype coins' with 200 posts an hour don't contain any real thought or development. Forums are intended to be a place to share information, thoughts, and knowledge. I understand that not all posts are going to be long; but when I read through a lot of these, there are dozens of pools advertising or people's hashes and dozens more that could have been written by an air-headed 14 year old.
Regardless, I agree with your point above, YAC has been getting the short end of the stick; but good things take time. Again (IMOP), people are so wrapped up in their 'profitability calculators' and changing their mining pool 2-3x a day, to make couple of pennies today; while others are looking at building the future of tomorrow.
I personally have all of my miners pointed at YAC and I invest in it when ever I can. I believe this coin is greatly under appreciated, and regardless the number of coins that come from our source code, YAC has a strong foundation and a steady growth; unlike some of the 'roller coaster' 'hypecoins.' +1,000% profit today, -5,000% loss tomorrow.