...whatever your decision, you deserve a big thanks for the sheer amount of work you already put into it....
....being an 'HWbot'er, I suppose I am used to the various sides of the argument re driver settings. LOD vs tessellation, AMD vs NVidia and so forth...perhaps one solution might be to have 4 or 5 OCN editors related to this field come up with a set of rules (and explanations of them), surely they had to deal with something like this before.
...even the 'Heaven' thread has taken some precautions, ie screenshot that shows tessellation is not disabled (and by extension LOD detectable)
...anyway, I hope you continue with your good work here or elsewhere - whatever you decide