evilmonkey wrote:Oh, hey, all the cool kids are ridiculing this dumb statement someone made
This happens all the time and is basically not a big deal. There is precedent so big you can't even quantify it for people making silly posts and getting reasonably criticized by the community for it.
evilmonkey wrote:so even though I don't know Fr. Schweers personally
This is true of many, many criticisms that occur on the forums, especially with regards to people in more spread-out circuits. How many people outside of Texas know Father Schweers personally? Or Ankit? Or Montana's quizbowlers?
evilmonkey wrote:and haven't really been around quizbowl all that long
There are people posting in this thread from the high school classes of 2014 and 2013, as well as some others from 2012. Since it seems to matter to you, Ankit has accomplished more than almost all of them. Why is he being singled out again?
evilmonkey wrote:just to try to earn some points in their eyes.
Yeah, this is basically not an Ankit-like thing to do at all. Interesting that you criticize him
for talking about someone he doesn't know personally.
evilmonkey wrote:I'll add some things to make that statement even more ridiculous and make fun of that even more extreme statement
Dude, the point is still pretty much true. By his own admission, Father Schweers has given undue significance to the hsqbrank polls, stating that they will have major effects on his team's seeding/placement at national tournaments.
evilmonkey wrote:I'll add some things to make that statement even more ridiculous
Taking stuff out of context happens all the time
, especially in jest. I think it's pretty clear that these criticisms would apply equally, but would not be happening, if Ankit was a college student from a well-established circuit.
In conclusion, I'm baffled by the fact that my teammate's post is summarily ripped apart because it's a bit more jestful than you might have liked. I doubt that your response would have been the same if an identical post was made by any one of scores of people who post on this site.