Kieli, I first offer you an apology for hijacking your thread. I will make this one last post to it, and then drop the matter.
Your quoting of comments I made about my opinion of the current state of PSIA is completely irrelevant here. They have nothing to do with the fact you have made some very unpleasant comments on various threads. This has to do with YOU, and your attitude toward those writers who are trying to learn, and who may not have some of your "knowledge and experience". Would you, as you stated in another thread, have approached this instr right in front of kieli and her fellow students to tell him he was wrong? After all, for K, it was working!
I agree with a couple of your comments. We are all here to further our knowledge of skiing in all of it's dimensions. And I too appreciate straight forward individuals.
But let me ask you, since you seem so keen to increase your understanding of the sport, what did you learn from Rusty's comments about the instr kieli had her lesson with? Did you learn from the constructive feedback he gave as to why he thought the info given was so poor? Did you learn from the thoughts he offered about the conditions being written about?
If you did, then I only got an edited version of his post. I read a couple of sentences casting aspersions upon a pro who felt he was doing something positive for his students.
My comments to Rusty were the culmination of having read, on several occasions, denigrating comments directed not at the content of, but at the writers of various posts/threads. With no supporting information, he has made bold comments about the past and future of individuals he does not know. Sarcastic, joking, or whatever, he comes across MEAN.
Just as might be expected in person, there is a certain amount of tact which might be expected in such cases. Even if one disagrees strongly with something written by another, at least agree that the individual has the right to post it. But that individual should have the right to expect civil rebuttal as well.
You wrote, "I for one appreciate someone like Rusty stepping up and taking exception to advice that he feels is subpar or flat out wrong based on his knowledge and experience." I can appreciate your sentiment, but is he the one to take exception? Will you appreciate me if I take exception to sub-par advice that Rusty might make in his posts?
You expressed that you are fairly new to the sport, and that much of what you read sounds plausible. That does not necessarily imply any of it is correct. I would ask that you place those same standards against the professional replies you read here as well. No pro on this site (or anywhere) has all the answers. And those of limited "knowledge and experience" have even fewer answers.
If I were to read every word which gets posted on EpicSki, and edit for accuracy (or take exception), it would be more than a full time job! Instead of ripping on those writers, I attempt to help educate them, to the best of my "knowledge and experience".
There is an adage in teaching- "You learn more when you are talking (in this case- writing), than when you are listening". So I let them write. Sure, I chuckle, laugh, and snort at some of what I read. Some of it is really funny, because it's so far off base. But I don't believe I go out with my keyboard blazing, belittling or denigrating others, just to show off any supposedly superior level of knowledge.