Jun Akiyama (akiy) wrote:
"Treat your fellow AikiWeb Forums members with respect."
I certainly agree with this. However, I think that the reality of the situation is that if you participate in an internet discussion you have to be prepared to take some lumps. That may not be the way that it ought to be, but IMO that's the way that it is.
Unfortunately, many senior folks are not used to having their opinions and statements questioned in this (or perhaps any) manner. Other senior people that I know in this kind of situation either worked through to a point where they develop a thicker skin or (similarly) withdrew.
For me, I think that there is a value in the statements of senior people being questioned vigorously, maybe even (for some people) rudely, since it is something that can only rarely occur in the dojo. Certainly, it helps keep you sharp