Poor Craig Thomas... all the power, none of the credit
You go through all this, and, if you're Craig Thomas, what do you get? Everyone calling you by your partner's name.
I can't tell you how many times I've seen commenters here and on other web sites refer to the How I Met Your Mother writing / show-running team, as "Carter and Bays" or "Carter/Bays." Folks, Carter Bays is only one person; he's Craig Thomas' friend and writing partner ever since they met in college. They worked on Letterman and American Dad together before landing the comedy haven that is HIMYM. But they're two separate people. I know, because I've met both of them (both are incredibly nice guys).
It's understandable how this can happen. Bays' first name is normally a surname -- we had a president with that last name, remember -- and it seems like "Carter and Bays" sounds more lyrical than "Bays and Thomas." Also, Carter seems to be the more out front of the two, doing interviews with us and others while Craig stayed in the background, where he seems to like it.
But I'm here to give Craig the credit he deserves. So, if you write about the producers of How I Met Your Mother again, here's a tutorial on the proper and improper ways to address the two of them:
"Bays and Thomas"
"Bays / Thomas"
"Bays & Thomas"
"Carter Bays and Craig Thomas"
"Carter and Craig"
"Carter and Bays"
"Carter / Bays"
"Carter & Bays"
"Carter Bays and Bays Carter"
"Bays and Carter"
Place this in front of your computer monitor, and you'll be set for all future HIMYM commenting endeavors.