I don't know if what I want to say will get across, but I'll give it a try. Perhaps others who know what I mean and are better writers than I will carry the message a little farther.
The purpose of this forum is information exchange, period. Unfortunately it sometimes degrades into political battles and personality clashes. To the extent that politics affect our ability to study the arts, then it is a relevant topic of discussion. But when the discussion becomes political warfare, then the purpose of the forum is lost. Fortunately the brief spats that have transpired on this forum are nothing compared to what I have seen elsewhere. One forum in particular that I subscribe to has been so bad lately that I only briefly scan it to see the flame wars between the DSI and the DKI and the ABC and the BFD (right Maurice??). Even very good moderators operating extremely strict formats have their hands full.
As long as people have developed styles and followed great leaders, then there have been differences of opinion and time-wasting clashes. Occasionally the competitiveness results in better martial arts for everyone. Sometimes it brings everyone down. Now it's one thing when those who choose to wage wars behind their keyboards waste THEIR time. But it's tragic when hundreds or more lurkers either have to endure the drivel, or those who wish to post (and most definitely are entitled to do so) are intimidated from participation.
What I find fascinating in the conflict is how quickly people want to stereotype and cluster those who disagree with them. On the one hand, those that disagree with you label you via some association that, in many cases, isn't even true. Now and then I begin to wonder whether or not Mattson-sensei has a mail-order certification business for the many non-Soke and non-Uechi folk who get tossed into some convenient homogenous barrel. This labeling and group-casting is mental laziness.
But this labeling is not confined to "those guys". There is a pattern of behavior that I have noticed recently. Someone presents a controversial position or makes an inflammatory statement. This person presents him/herself as a representative of a group. Others who disagree with the STATEMENT choose to assault the GROUP. This then becomes a little embarassing when they realize they are firing salvos that affect others beside them that they respect. I know this phenomenon well. A month or so ago I "ate crow" when I apologized to someone who was victim of some "colateral damage".
The good news is that what I find often happens is that brothers and sisters among us learn more about each other. Sanchin and the system that builds on it is capable of being practiced and interpreted in many ways. Going to camps and group functions gives many of us an opportunity to see the tremendous breadth of expression among us. Yes, those lotus eaters and bowling ball bashers may not last long, but open eyes and an open mind can only serve to broaden and deepen our understanding of principles that - on the surface - seem so simple.
In the end, who should post? If you spend all your time behind your keyboard and neither practice the art with others (by choice) nor operate a school, well...this isn't the place for you. If you are actively teaching or learning, well then activity on this forum can supplement (not substitute for) your training.
In the end, what should be posted? Got a question? Post. Got a problem? Post. Looking to learn something? Post. Looking for converts? I believe maybe you belong at the airport along with all those other people in the funny clothes.
But...there I go again.