A few things that I think should be in that follow-up article I mentioned:
-Laddering is different when you're further down: Scrubs and test alts alike infest the lower reaches, making threat coverage even more difficult
-Trying to apply concepts that they're not good enough to implement
-Suggestions on how to improve (how to sneak into B101?)
Get Out There message: Hopefully by admitting you have some of these problems, you will take the first step towards fixing them and being another successful student of Smogon University. Or at least put up a fight when Soviet decides to take your lunch money.
(like hell I'm writing this, I'm in that camp myself)