For starters, you can show that gear. FFXIAH records all gear equipped by you, so you can easily show what all gear you have available to you on any one character.
To sort of just put into perspective why I have spoken towards a number of your posts, I'll just break them down for you.
1) Your posts in regards to your damage. For starters you have often started those posts out in a very condescending manner, saying how great your damage is in comparison to what others are capable of. For example, in one of your recent topics regarding Kaustra, you commented about how Meteor Black Mages will bow to your feet over how incredible your damage is compared to them. It's not that you simply just posted your information in a factual way, you boasted about how high your damage was, and naturally that's going to create a hostile situation. BG and AH are no different in that regard, so it's not exactly something special to this site.
You also commented about taking Blue Mage to Legion and pulling off tremendous numbers. As someone that routinely does Legion, the numbers you gave, given the inherent limitations that Blue Magic has in there, I found them to be incredibly inflated and nowhere near possible.
There are other examples in regards to numbers you gave, but that just gives you a general idea of what my points on that matter entailed. You would tell about situations, give numbers that were far beyond what should be capable given the circumstances, then when I'd ask for what gear you used or proof of these, you very begrudgingly posted two screenshots showing things that many others could also do, and never showed what gear you used in other situations.
2) Making guides for skillchains. I commented on you not needing to make a skillchain guide for Scholar because there really isn't anything specific one needs to know. If they have an existing skillchain chart, then they already have the information for Scholars skillchaining with the appropriate grimoire. I pointed out this in that topic. As long as you know what element your spells are, then it becomes very easy to skillchain as a Scholar using Immanence.
As for Blue Mage skillchaining, I only recall negatively commenting on you using Corbenic Sword for Knights of Round. In that regard, I said that the Corbenic Sword was an inferior sword to other weapons, and that the skillchain you were creating from it wouldn't make up for the overall loss of damage from using a "low" damage mainhand weapon. Likewise, while Heavy Strike is decent, at the same time it's not that powerful of a spell overall. The damage can be good, but it suffers from a significant accuracy penalty that requires you to either go /Thf for Sneak Attack, or stack extra accuracy in your gear set in order to land it reliably on anything higher than an Even Match mob.
3) I didn't laugh at your cruor party comments. My two comments were that the information you gave wasn't new, as you claimed it to be. You were making comments along the lines of it being something that few had done before and you were giving us a guide as to how to do one, when in reality, by the time you had posted it, the ins and outs of cruor parties, how to chain kills properly, and good places to do them, were pretty much already well known and had been talked about (even on here several times). My second comment was in response to an erroneous statement you made bragging about how much gil you were making from cruor burns. You had said you had finished your Ragnarok, and then were already nearly completed with two more relics (that you had turned in most of the stuff already). A lot of people, myself included, caught on the impossibility of that, since you can't work on more than one at a time and that not anywhere near enough time had elapsed from when you completed your Ragnarok to claiming you were nearly done with two more.
4) My criticism towards you meleeing on Scholar. I will readily admit that Shattersoul is a decent weaponskill, and as something to mess around with soloing or for very simple things, I've got absolutely no problem with a mage equipping a staff, running up, and beating on the monster. However, in situations that you mentioned in the past as to when you used Shattersoul (the mobs you mentioned, etc), I have issue with, because in those situations, a Scholar (especially if they're the lone mage) should be casting enough on their party and the mob that they can't get enough TP to weaponskill (because a solid mage should have multiple staves/clubs, etc to equip for spells). Likewise, on any mob of real value, the mage should be safely standing far back from the mob to avoid AoE attacks, and certainly shouldn't be meleeing in there.
Lastly, and most importantly, I had an issue with the Atmas you mentioned you used. You mentioned that, for the sake of the Regain, you used Atma of the Sea Daughter. I criticized this choice because that is a significant amount of Slow you are inflicting upon yourself for the sake of accumulating TP on a weapon that should be swapping off of on a regular basis. It's just very impractical to intentionally "gimp" yourself by equipping that Atma. Melee won't use it for the Regain because of the Slow, and neither should a Mage for the same reason.
Efficiency is the name of the game on how to best play a job, and given the sacrifices that a mage would have to make in order to melee any decently strong opponent, in my opinion, and the opinion of the general player base, meleeing should be left to melee jobs. Scholars should be backline healing/support/enfeebling/nuking, alongside White Mages and Black Mages.
BlueGartr and FFXIAH are far more condescending to players than this site is. BlueGartr will even go as far as banning people for being "stupid", and FFXIAH's picture section shows just how that particular user base responds to the gear of players and screenshots of "good damage". I'd argue that out this site, BG, and AH, we're the most accepting of those "off the wall" sorts of topics since we're more lax all in all.
You just need to remember that it's a generally accepted standpoint for the entire player base, supported by countless tests and just running gear and scenarios through spreadsheets painstakingly put together that it's just overall very inefficient for a Scholar to melee in place of some of the other abilities it has. It's very likely the whole reason Immanence was given was pretty much to allow a Scholar to stand back and open a skillchain for melee in the front lines so they can close it. Do they have some tools available to them to melee? Sure, but them meleeing instead of curing or nuking is like expecting a Dark Knight to stand back and just nuke constantly. They've got MP and some nukes (thus have some tools available to them), but they don't because it's just inefficient in comparison to what they're better suited for, which is the same with Scholar. There are other things they are better suited to do besides melee, so myself and the general player base will see it as inefficient.
I don't mean to insult you as an individual, since that is not my intention, but you've been suggesting playstyles that are far from the norm for Scholar and your other jobs, so you must understand that you're opening yourself up to criticism, which might or might not be constructive. You need to understand that criticism is natural for the game, and that you're putting yourself out in the open by posting ideas you have or things you try. If it hasn't already been tested, other people will test it if it seems valid. Regardless though, if they find fault in what is being said, then they will point it out. I am of no exception, as Raelix can point out as far as correcting me on a Great Sword discussion awhile back. That is just how this site, BG, AH, etc often are.
Edited, Oct 31st 2012 4:24am by Vlorsutes
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