post #91 of 100
9/13/06 at 4:43pm
The reason I originally posted in Kneale's thread is that I think there is a core question here. Epic was founded as a community of skiers. That is, an all inclusive community with no weighting toward one characterization of a skier over another. Interestingly it has also become a congregating point for a lot of instructors (note that they too are skiers: ). That is a good thing.
However, to give a "status" to ski instructors alone doesn't fit with my concept of an all inclusive community. I would suggest that either no "status" be the rule (I am only talking about under the name in posts) or that everyone have the option to include a "status" under their name be it racer, professional freeskier, professor of physics, etc. I certainly think that someone who has participated and placed in a world cup race or a big mountain competition has valid credentials just as a ski instructor does. Additionally, given the wide range of forums and topics within Epic I also think that other credentials are often salient.
In the end I think it's just simpler to leave the info in a user's profile and not have it displayed in a post as that emphasizes an equality among members that I think should be promoted.
Hem, I get your point about "Ski Pro" and agree. For me, this has mostly been a cut-and-paste exercise, and we didn't really think through the "Ski Pro" designation. Thanks for your thoughts on this.
What do you think about the version in my title (with "EpicSki Supporter" above the credentials)?