I agree on the proof. Only one person needs to like a tank, its owner. But, I have gardened for years before I moved that into glass boxes. I like plants but I keep fish. IThe plants are there for their benefit. One of the biggest reasons for keeping live plants is they are one of the best filters there is. especially in a well planted substrate a few inches deep.
But not all tanks can be planted and not all fish keepers want to jeep live plants. Myself, I want my plants to thrive the same as my fish. There is nothing wrong with having some kinds of algae in tanks, What matters is what kind, where it is and how much. Algae uses resources plants and even some of the bacteria need. When I think the algae is creating issues for other things because of this, I try to do something about it.
As always, the above is my opinion for whatever it is worth. And that is why I never vote in any contests on fish sites or at fish events.