Sorry, I realize this may be a bit of an irritating or nosy topic, but reading the thread about ratings, I just wanted to ask: who here is actually rated (C or above) in sabre?
It used to be the case that on the internet, people who discussed fencing (i.e. on rec.sport.fencing) were usually kinda crap or people whose competitive careers were over. No disrespect, but I believe it's quite obvious why: competitive fencers don't exactly have a lot of free time to kill planting their *** down in front of a monitor reading really nitpicky threads about this or that. Not that highly-ranked fencers had neither the know-how or inclination to participate in newsgroups, or forums -- it was just a time thing, at least I thought.
Nowadays, though, web forums are much more mainstream and while the time management issue hasn't changed, the perception of discussion fora probably has. r.s.f. is probably still esoteric to most, esp. young fencers. The majority of ISP's in Canada don't even advertise their NNTP servers anymore, and people have no clue what Usenet is or how it works. But web boards are all the rage, so I'm wondering, are there now more competitive (and active) fencers on boards like this? This board in particular seems like the only one of its kind -- a board with good traffic, nice software (vBulletin or phpBB) and decent bandwidth.
So the question is, who's who on this forum?
In the thread about ratings it seemed like there were people who are quite decent in the New England area. I don't think Evan Efstathiou posts here, but anyone in and around his level must be pretty decent. And I suspect perhaps some NCAA high-ups lurk around here too, so I just wanted to put names to userids.
I think I've seen Eric Dew at a tournament once too, and I'm sure he was fencing. Does he still fence, and what weapon? He seems to know a lot about the current scene. Is he perhaps judging these days too?
And one comment about ratings, because I'm too damn lazy to post in the proper thread. Why all this discussion of how hard it is to earn a rating within certain divisions, and so forth (at least for A's). I mean given the example of Evan (assuming it's the MIT guy we're talking about here) why worry about whether he can earn an A in the NE division? Isn't he going to earn an A eventually at an NAC? And if not, then why should he have an A anyway?
Personally I don't think it'll be too long until he places high enough at an NAC to get it that way.