Re: Baseline skillset
If you restrict your membership to people who are really interested (and who post.... non-posters get the boot pretty soon), you can have some fairly good discussions. Of course, it's not a perfect membership (we even have some guy who surreptitiously sends Dan the QiJin stuff, apparently), but when you don't have to play to the general (i.e., heavily social, wannabe, role-playing, ritualisitic, New Age, the Nut Cases, etc., etc.) and can instead have discussions centered on the technical, etc., it can be very productive. AikiWeb caters to the general membership of Aikido and has a different protocol and focus than QiJin, which focuses on the body mechanics of qi/ki and jin/kokyu. Each to his own.