Before I say anything I just want to underline that I love this site. I've watched pretty much every video and read dozens of posts, and my understanding of the game has improved greatly as a result. I don't post very much (I contribute a lot to other poker sites and have limited time due to family commitments and trying to learn NL) but Deathdonkey's limit videos and forum contributions in particular have been hugely beneficial to me personally, and I've learned tons from Entity, Joe and the guest pros. The amount of time the pros here put into responding to forum posts and ensuring high quality videos is far greater IMO than similar sites to which I also subscribe.
I'm as excited as everyone else about the new format, and I'm definitely interested in and open to new teaching approaches. I love the look of the new site and the quality of the NL vids seems to be just as high as the limit vids we've all come to enjoy.
However Entity, I was very disappointed to read your responses to Javjvirta's OP in this thread. You clearly feel very strongly about the quality and educational philosphy of the site, and I'm sure that this in part is what makes this site so outstanding. But in my view your replies were condescending, patronising and insulting. I think this is unacceptable coming from an admin, and particularly so when the poster in question is a long-standing member and very active contributor to the forum.
This thread is for members to give their view of, or ask questions about, a particular video. There's even a rating system which underlines the 'assessment' aspect of the thread. If you don't want members to give an honest opinion, don't provide a thread to do so. The OP is entitled to his opinion, and FWIW I thought his opening post was polite, considered and respectful. He was just being straightforward and honest. He didn't "derail" the thread at all. In fact if you hadn't have "stepped in" IMO unecessarily, I'm sure a number of other members would have given their considered views, both for and against. If anyone derailed this thread, you did.
He didn't like the video, he didn't feel he got any additional value from it, as opposed to watching the "usual" format. You have a different view clearly, that's fine. But you have to accept that members will sometimes have a different view to your own. To suggest that he's effectively 'just not trying hard enough' and wants 'information to be thrown' at him is just insulting. FWIW I agree with everything he said. I didn't like the format at all, and other than it offering hands that can be discussed I much prefer to watch a video from one of the limit pros, or at least a commentary similar to the first video in this series.
I don't see what extra value is to be gained from watching a NL pro struggle with limit concepts, as opposed to the value I can get from watching (say) DD play or commenting on others' play. Both formats produce a wealth of hands to discuss, but in the case of watching DD I get a high quality commentary and see the results of correct play 99.9% of the time.
Most experienced limit players will be able to spot errors made in this vid, and I don't see how asking myself "why" a NL player might make a particular error by virtue of them being a NL player adds to the value I get from watching. And this is in the context that I play both limit and NL and I have a decent understanding of the often profound differences in strategy as a result of the different betting structures.
Sure, I know why a NL player might three bet small suited connectors or cold call with QJo on the button (for example), but what extra value does that add? Even if I was just learning limit and knew nothing about NL (not an unreasonable assumption for many of the members, given the origins of DC), what value would I glean from this video? Without an understanding of the differences between NL and limit I don't see what additional value is to be gained? So who exactly is this video geared towards?
I also disagree with you when you say that Jav's OP wasn't constructive. You might not have liked his wording, but IMO that shouldn't be your concern as an admin unless he was deliberately offensive to a particular individual. He didn't like the video and gave a brief explanation of why, and from a business perspective you should take that on board and accept it, regardless of whether or not you agree. If you disagree strongly then by all means explain why, but do so in a respectful way. Jav is quite capable of being able to assess whether he can get value from this video by himself. He doesn't need your help with that.
Members should be able to air an opinion (within reason obviously), and I fear your replies might disuade other less forthright members from giving an honest opinion in future. Jav's OP obviously touched a nerve with you, but IMO you should really be thanking him. He was honest about his opinion and it's well known that a business survives or dies on it's ability to listen to and communicate with it's customers.
I would hope that despite your own personal educational and teaching philosophy, if the general feeling of your customers is that this (or later) format sucks, you would take this on board and cease to produce similar videos. To say that you won't keep an open mind about comments that you deem not to be "constructive", seems to me to be both arrogant and also foolish from a business perspective. Not everyone is here to take part in deep discussion about the finer points of educational philosphy. Some (most?) members just like to watch videos of professionals playing poker. To you, DC is an education site. But to many of the members it may well just be a video site. From a business perspective I would have thought it wise to take on board and value your customer's views, even if they differ from your own. The two ideas needn't be mutually exclusive.
In short it may be a good idea to recall Joe Tall's oft quoted words: "This is your site. We just work here". Although obviously slightly 'tongue in cheek', I think this is an excellent philosophy to have for an instructional site like this, and I sincerely hope this continues to be the case.
(By the way FoxwoodFiend, please don't take any of this as a personal criticism of you or your play. I don't intend that at all, and I'm confident the series as a whole will be valuable. It's great that you're now part of the DC community and hopefully at some point you can make a NL vid, because my NL sucks balls )