if all of this skipping with minor scratches is happening, whats with the thickness and supposed durability of the blu-ray disc? i thought it was to protect that from happening? aren't you all concerned?
Have you bothered to read this thread, because the answer you're looking for was right at the beginning of this thread?
There's a reason Blu-ray has a stronger scratch-resistant coating than HD-DVD. The data layer is a lot closer to the surface of the disc, and as a result, even small scratches will have a much more devastating effect. As you've noticed.
As to your other question, I am only concerned from a rental perspective. Both technologies have their pros and cons. For example, I've gone through four copies of Hot Fuzz now on HD DVD trying to find one that isn't scratched from the factory. I've had much better luck with BDs being pristine after purchasing them than HD DVD. That means a lot to me since I buy more than I rent, and I take care of my discs.
On the other hand, I went through two copies of Million Dollar Baby on BD from Netfilx and neither played through due to numerous small scratches. It is just amazing how poorly people take care of these rental discs.
In the end, for someone who is meticulous about the care of his movies, my experience with BD has been a lot more positive than HD DVD from a factory QC perspective. The scratch resistant coating has also help protect one of two floaters I received in the mail, and one time I was careless and scuff a disc it buffed right off.