They're more like hacker cranks. They have a "repair manifesto." Nobody except DIY hobbyists would care, but for some reason, tech sites with no affinity or affiliation with iFixit's politics love linking to their tear-down porn, giving them and their soapbox higher visibility than is otherwise warranted. I also think it's one of the reason they tear down Apple products: for the attention it brings them. I mean, otherwise, I wouldn't have heard of them or their manifesto.