Originally Posted by wazoo22
Not sure I agree, but will think about it. One really needs two basic modes- thermalling, as you describe, and inter-thermal cruise- straight as possible, higher glide speed.
I just want to know if trim conflicts with stabilizing---how do they interact?
Yes, you can trim the plane while in 2D mode and it will do what you expect. Of course if you leave 2D mode the trim will affect the off or 3D mode if you don't move it back. For pitch control on all my planes I use a couple of mixes that each add a few percent (3-5) of up elevator. If I reduce the throttle I just flip a switch (or more) and the new elevator setting tells the Guardian to apply some up elevator. It works great even without using the Guardian.