Truth be told, Miles, I find myself rolling my eyes a whole lot! But like Todd, it has nothing to do with "who" said something, and everything to do with what is said. It also has something to do with the tone of the post. Like most instructors, I have nearly infinite patience, tolerance, and respect for skiers of all levels, as long as they keep an open, inquiring, "beginner's mind" and actively seek learning! Instructor or "lay-skier," as soon as someone claims to know "the answer" I become quite suspect, especially when they cannot, or will not, back up their points of view with facts or sound argument.
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>"Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it."<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
-- Andre Gide
I have tried, always, here at EpicSki and elsewhere, to present unbiased facts and to back up any "opinions" with my objective reasons for having them. I would not expect anyone to believe anything I said just because I said it, but I'll can often try to point out a few facts, and you can draw your own conclusions!
I learn more about the sport of skiing, and the teaching of it, every day, sometimes from "experts," sometimes from novices, and sometimes by own explorations.
There are many, many mistruths, myths, false kernels of "conventional wisdom," half truths, and legitimate differences of opinion regarding good ski technique. I'll read anything, think about it, and if I think there is more to the story, or something missed, or something blatantly wrong, I'll certainly reply, no matter who said it. I don't profess to have any more claim to the "Truth" than anyone else, but I do have a bit more experience under my belt than many others. Like many instructors here, I've been around the block a few times
What does make me "roll my eyes" is the person who has little knowledge or experience, but claims to "know it all." We all roll our eyes when we recognize an ignorant "know-it-all" don't we? A little knowledge CAN be dangerous thing. Even there, if they know so little that they actually think they're infallible, I can deal with it. But when someone says something that they cannot back up with facts, experience, or sound argument, they can expect at LEAST a little eye-rolling--and some correcting, if the facts warrant it! Those who cling to their beliefs in the face of overwhelming contrary evidence get little respect, and lots of eye-rolling!
Yeah, I roll my eyes bit--I'll admit it! But I believe I've shown a willingness to discuss just about anything!