Originally Posted by CTKook
...the signal/noise ratio is the thing, as often on the internet...
HS's rebuffing the criticism of his skiing -- also something done by a lot of posters -- may have given rise to a new phrase: Highway Starring. For someone with his skillset who's sincerely asking for advice, he even poses an interesting dilemma as to how much one would want to change. There are definitely lots of different levels of value in his threads.
A historical note here:
Some of you may be familiar with a newsgroup called rec.skiing.alpine. It's been years since I looked at it, but it might still be around. My experience dates back to the days when I used a terminal emulator to read the newsgroups on a Unix server.
At any rate, r.s.a. had a rather frequent and flamboyant contributor whose screen name, IIRC, involved the word "buddha," but I can't remember the whole name. He was built a bit like his namesake, apparently, and was not a particularly good skier, which he freely admitted. His newsgroup personality was aggressive, often irrational, and disrespectful of just about everyone, rather like certain colorful sports commentators.
Through his often outrageous postings to r.s.a, he managed to attain enough temporary notoriety so that he actually had equipment sponsors and frequently talked his way into comp lift tickets at various ski areas. He wanted attention and free equipment, and he got it.
Since r.s.a. was unmoderated at the time, nobody prevented him from posting whatever he felt like. His postings, together with the often shocked and outraged responses from people he had insulted, ultimately generated a very high noise level in r.s.a., and I, along with many others, lost interest.
If Highway Star is attempting to emulate this individual, he has two strikes against him: 1. He hasn't yet posted anything anywhere near as obnoxious as the postings of the r.s.a. "buddha", and 2. If he tries, the moderators will close him down. Asking for MA and then informing each respondant that they don't know what they're talking about is a good effort and has certainly raised HS's profile on this site, but I don't think it's enough get very much swag.
Oh, well. In limited doses, it's moderately entertaining.