Duncan Idaho wrote:Funny one Andy. Paranoid of what??? Getting proven wrong by some one who just started karate??? Getting proven wrong by some one senior, and looking bad infront of some one you know??
If that is the case, better not to post here at all.
Andy wrote:I still don't understand what knowing peoples names/positions has to do with intelligent debate?
You present a flawed opinion - it gets corrected and we all learn something. Isn't that the point of these forums? Or am I missing something.
What level justifies having 'enough' knowledge? 1st Dan? 4th Dan? 10th Dan? Gran Master in Origami?
Personally I think NOT knowing peoples position would encourage more debate...rather than being scared of questioning.
fujicolt wrote:I would suggest that it would be a lack of intelligence to knowingly deeply debate a subject (of a very complex nature as karate is) with an individual who was unwilling to let you know who they are - unwilling to let you know the level of their involvement in the core subject - unwilling to give you legitimate and fair opportunity to test their points - unwilling to simply be open and honest about it all
I DO NOT question that novices often have great insight and things to offer occasionally but 'occasionally' is the operative word in most situations.
these forums could be fantastic for Karate and no one believes that more than i - but they will fail if the stuff posted isn't open to honest clear transparent scrutiny
those who follow us will evaluate the basis upon which we started all of this. Shaun and Emma have done an inspiring thing - tragic if it fell cos people just thought - 'a load of unknowns debating nothing that could be evaluated!'
Paul Herbert wrote:In my opinion a good point is a good point whoever makes it and it certainly doesn't have to made by a 'name' or grade that I respect. In my own dojo it is sometimes the white belts that ask a question or comment on something that gets me thinking the most - as they've seen something through different eye's to the higher grades. So from that point of view, the username of a poster on a forum is quite irrelevant.
However, what I do have a problem with, as an adult, is the fact I don't like having to refer to someone as 'The Death Warrior' or 'Sensei Suck Ma Balls' for example when replying to a post that interests me. I do like to have a name or just an initial and surname in the signature box as a point of reference. That's just my view on the topic.
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