Can you summarize what you liked about the missing thread?
I used to practice at a dojo where everyone wore variously colored belts. The first time I went to an AiKiKai dojo, I thought that the whole class was beginners. It was interesting how quickly you go from thinking, 'They're awful about testing for 5th kyu here' to thinking 'I'm just not as good as some of these guys.' Then I had the opposite experience the first time I walked into an ASU dojo (where people put on hakama at 5th kyu). At first I thought, 'boy do they test early and easy here.' Eventually I started thinking, 'well, it takes all kinds and they probably have some hidden qualities that I'm missing.' It took about two or three weeks before someone told me about hakama and rank in that style.