This isnt even the first instance of me mentioning it, and it was before your post. Trust me. I still remember Jerg telling me he'd try to do that at some point. The velour top mod. It wasnt until I mentioned it that he got the idea. Of course, I only mentioned it, not did any modding myself.
Why do I know this? Because I've been very vocal about velour topped pleather pads for ages, even before the HE400 pad insanity. I wanted it done for my D7000s which I owned before the HE400.
Don't worry dude I trust you. I must have gotten the idea from your posts, but I believe I was the first to actually make the modded pads as you can see from my links. Anyway I didn't mean to start something lol, it's not like Hifiman will actually send the person with the original idea/implementation a pair?