Re: Questions from my Troop&Patrol
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Wed, 15 Jul 1998 12:53:07 -0400
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However, there are several points I would like to make concerning the
current string of posts between Branden, Mike, and others.
First of all, there was a specific question asked about how to wear the
two sashes, OA and merit badge. Thus, people were attempting to answer a
Second, uniforming is one of the methods of Scouting and, as such, is a
germane topic for this list. It is also important that uniforming be
correct, or otherwise there would be no need for uniforming in the first
place. Thus, IMO, it is also germane to discuss the proper way to wear
the uniform, because we, as the adults (for those of us who are) and
leaders should be setting the example. Thus we should know the proper way
to wear the uniform and do so when we ourselves wear it.
Thirdly, and probably most importantly, this thread has become a
discussion on the type of advice we should or shouldn't be providing on
this list. When it comes to a topic where there IS a SPECIFIC answer
(such as how to wear the two sashes at the same time - YOU DON'T), then
the ONLY answer that should be appearing in reply to the question is the
correct one. If the answer being given is, for some reason, other than
the official policy answer, then that reply should be clearly labeled as
such. (The official answer is thus and so, but many people do it this way
because . . . ) It needs to be clear to the person who asked the
question, and to others who might also wish the answer, what is policy and
what is opinion. In this case, what we should have seen is a couple of
answers saying "you don't wear them at the same time" (allowing for
differing propagation rates) and that would have been the end of it.
Instead, what we get from several people, including at least one whose
opinion is well respected on this list, is incorrect information. And
then, when presented with the correct information, instead of saying a
simple "thank you, I stand corrected" we get a long justification of why
the wrong information really isn't wrong. (Sorry Mike, but your last post
on this subject in reply to Branden was totally off the mark.) That is
why we are currently having a discussion, not so much about the answer to
the specific uniforming question, but about what kind of information we
should be supplying.
Bruce E. Cobern
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