So you're just flat-out concluding that this isn't my goal?
Because that feeling you describe it's just what I feel I've had with hand analysis in recent months. Just thinking and analyzing through seemingly simple and obvious situations and sometimes gaining surprising insights and usually at least re-inforcement and deeper understanding.
I wasn't trying to say you had or didn't have any goal. But you called the video "kinda useless," said that you didn't see what extra value the video could bring, and said discussion of a lot of the obvious mistakes was kind of pointless. To me it sounded like you saw no value in the video and before the thread got derailed by that, I had to jump in -- because I earnestly feel like there's a TON of value to this video specifically, let alone the extra things that may come about from it.
While I'm open to lots of different forms of criticism, the tone and the word choice you used in that was such that I felt like I really needed to come to defense because, to be honest, it wasn't constructive. Again, I've got a bit of the curse of knowledge here; I've seen pretty much of all of these and I've gotten to know FoxwoodsFiend and already know DD pretty well, so I've got a lot of perspective and it's not fair for me to judge by that -- which is why I tried to hold back. On the other hand, I wanted to stimulate some discussion and get some fiery responses (and I've gotten just that from you, which rocks) because this video -- and really all of our content, but especially some of the stuff that isn't as advanced -- isn't going to be worthwhile unless people get motivated enough to start to pick it apart and fire questions, responses, etc.
That's good, but do you also feel that you are as open-minded as you can about any possible comments you get? I really feel that you're jumping into conclusions here and taking a rather arrogant stance.
When a comment is constructive (like your last few have been), I try to be as open-minded as possible. When a comment is just critical, it doesn't have as much value to me and I probably come across as arrogant and closed-minded to an extent when responding to it. That fueled a lot of the nature of my post, no doubt. If the question is "am I open minded" to making these series better, I hope the answer is always a resounding yes; but if the question is am I going to be open minded to criticism that seems without intent, well, I'm not so sure.
It really could be word choice -- the three words I've highlighted were a pretty big deal to me (pointless, useless, and without value) and you could have been stating all of that pretty tongue-in-cheek. But as you can see, I take the idea of educating ourselves in a wide variety of ways very seriously, and I think there's a lot that people can learn by taking different angles than what we're used to. Breaking out of the mold, so to speak. I've got a whole bunch of ideas for standalone videos that are going to do this in ways that may make you hate me in the future, but I'll try to preface them at least so I know when my idea is failing rather than just not being communicated in advance.