Originally Posted by Fat ForumAddict
GameFAQs recently had a thread complaining about a number of Smogonites on Shoddy refusing to accept anything other than the standard (such as shunning Substitute Weavile).
Seeing some of the discussions on Stark Mountain and some of the cool stuff I've seen that tries to break the cookie cutter, I would have to say that some of you guys aren't like that at all, at least on the Stark Mountain forum.
Really? What's the name of the topic, I want to read it.
Good article, it cleared some things up for me. I totally agree with the banishment of non-uber legends thing, I get so sick of finding battles anywhere else because everyone seems to think legend = uber. Some guy flipped out on me for using a damn Regirock.
EDIT. I read that topic. Comments:
I really think there's a huge misunderstanding going on between non-Smogonites and Smogonites. As a representative from Gamefaqs, SPPf as well as Marriland Forums, I know how people there think. They just want to have fun with Pokemon, they're getting into the competitive bit more now that Wi-Fi is out but they want to use their favourite Pokemon with their favourite or unique moves. Smogonites, being the teachers they are, advise the people on what "works" and what "doesn't work." However (and maybe this is the way it's interpreted or maybe it's how it's given), a message gets across that the Smogonite is telling the person that only what they say works. I don't know which it is, but if it's how the message is being given, I have to agree with the other side. Pokemon is a game, a game where you can use whatever you want without getting shamed. I mean there are obvious exceptions (Splash), but we won't get into that. People can use whatever set they want. Heck, as you said, some "new" sets do work. However if it doesn't, isn't that the best way to figure out what works and what doesn't? Like you said, "There's no substitute for experience."
As much as Smogon has helped me, and will be helping me, I just had to express that. I know you guys aren't trying to be "arrogant," but unless everyone on the "other side" is a really sensative person, you're not quite achieving your intentions of "not being a boss, just a teacher."