This is an open letter to all the fine coaches and instructors here...
...Many years ago I attended a convention with my ex wife. As the owners of a small business and the president of her trade organization we felt lucky to have booked a world famous author as our keynote speaker. To our surprise he was also speaking at a conference for my large corporate employer a week earlier, so we would have the unique opportunity to see him twice. So we set off to the small business convention excited about the opportunity to see how the speaker would address the needs of the two very different organizations.
To our surprise he gave the same speech to both groups. On some level his advice was useful but imagine a room full of independent small business owners listening to his speech about large corporate issues. The point I'm making is it was obvious he didn't do his homework about the small business owners wants and needs. It was not surprising that the feedback we received about his speech was very negative. Most shared with us their feelings about "being talked down to" and how they felt his speech was irrelevent. So what went wrong? IMO two things, first we learned to clearly communicate to future speakers exactly who we were and what we wanted from them. The second was to do a follow up with the speaker prior to their speech and in that conversation we reminded them how much we appreciated their ability to speak directly to our target audience of small business owners. Two small but signifigant actions on our part resulted in ten years of very satisfied convention attendees.
So what does this have to do with Epic? Well to be honest I see a lot of similarities in all the over the top advice that has very little to do with the topic questions posed by the OP. Along with that I see an increasing use of a thread to give everyone a two minute infomercial. Don't get me wrong I understand we all have our unique personal theories and beliefs but in many cases I question if those theories have any relevance to the original poster's question. A prime example being the tendency to talk about world cup ski technique in a thread about recreational skiing. Another example is how some PMTS disciples got banned for their constant infomercial style posts. So we lost an informational resource due to the cult like actions of a few well meaning but over zealous members.
IMO, as an open format some of these conflict are natural but where is the line when it comes to personal advertising and relevant response to an OP's questions? It's almost like we as a group won't let a thread close once the OP's question has been answered. Why go on for twenty pages, why repost information as quotes with comments added in the middle of that quote? Why not approach this forum like we would a lesson and excercise the expert customer service skills we all claim to own? Wouldn't you agree that simple change would better serve the needs of the Epic community as a whole? In short what kind of expert are you and what kind of expert do you want to be?