For me, it's not about Pete vs. Ringo any more than it's Rubber Soul vs. Sgt Pepper. It's about The Beatles. When were The Beatles? 1962-1970?
I say The Beatles were exactly as The Beatles were. 1960-1970. For me it's about making an honest assessment of what was going on at the time we are talking about. If we are talking about The Beatles in 1960, that would be John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe & Pete Best. I want to be able to talk about the drummer for The Beatles (1960) and the contributions he did/didn't make without having to talk about Pete vs. Ringo or Pete vs. John, Paul & George. I would also like to be able to talk honestly about the bass player without fans being so quick to dismiss the artist/non bassist Stu Sutcliffe. Pete was more than one "Love Me Do" session. Stu was more than just a photo of him tuning up with his back to Larry Parnes.
I like The Beatles! John, Paul, George & Ringo. Right now I am into The Beatles! John, Paul, George, Stu & Pete, "a phenomenon unlike anything we will see again in our lifetime". Like John Lennon said, as a live act, that's when The Beatles were at their best.