OK the last ones were just cheeky, but, as I said, i'm not against bodybuilding, and I have a lot of respect for bodybuilders. The point to my whole rant is that we're all, regardless of goals, a lot more similar than people think.
I think this is true. The divergence in goals and methods is probably more properly placed at the "intermediate" level. So you can take a would-be PLer, football player, bodybuilder, etc. and put them on the same basic routine. They can all gain pretty well because they are beginners, and the real differentiation occurs later. It's only after they've gotten past the beginner stage does it make sense to split them out - the PLer moves more to good mornings and speed deadlifts while the bodybuilder starts to worry about symmetry and size and the football player is concerned about getting his 40 time lower and maxing his 225-pound rep count for the combine.
Some beginners probably need more specialization if their sport or body requires it. Like you wouldn't want to take a flyweight boxer and concentrate on size gains, or take an elderly or injured person and put them straight onto a routine aimed at putting size onto a 16-year old boy. Or take someone who needs a specific weakness addressed NOW and put them on a program that won't address it until much later. But generally, you're going to take all of them through the basics the same way.
That's how I see it, anyway. I could be wrong, but the more I read about beginner programs the more I think they can gain better on a cookie-cutter program of basic lifts (lots of them in the sticky in the general forum) not only because they are beginners, but because the real individualized/specialized routines aren't necessary until they're strong enough to benefit from them.
Just thinking this through out loud. Any obvious holes in my logic?