You don’t understand how insulting “you are a danger to new climbers” sounds... try:
“I am concerned how new climbers might miss the point” rather than pointing fingers...
insulting: disrespectful or scornfully abusive
Yvon Chouinard, Warren Harding, Royal Robins...and many other was supporting the NCCS. As some one said: nccs ? that old F5 and F8 bullshit ?? You know what the f is for ?... They insult all those climber who create the spirit of the climbing.
I don't say that the system can't be critic. But insulting those very great climber, the pioneer of our sport, even SA is insult. when he said: More than half the people bail because of the mental problem, rather than the lack of technical skills, for me SA understand the NCCS rating and it is an insult to him. I am not against competition and it can be stimulating. But competition is not a psychological war where you have to insult people of fucking bullshit as strandman did.
I respect Strandman as a climber with a different ethic than mine. In the post, the action was made by him, not by the climber who follow the advice of the best climber. In safety, knowing what is F8 and knowing why it is 5.8 today is help full because a new climber could learn about weather problem, ease to escape, average difficulty of all pitches, difficulty of the hardiest pitches, route finding, rope management, degree of protection, etc. All "glue" together by the time. It is to understand that you have a scale for the difficulty rating (YDS in US, an other in france, an other in australia, all the same with different letter); a scale for the average difficulty of all pitches; a scale for...and more. It is the basic of safety in climbing as technique is the art of leading.
The danger is that because some one influence negatively the other by using is statue of elite... the other climber try to imitate what he do easily as an expert climber. If he had bring argument to said why the sytem is not good, if he didn't insult people to convinct the other of his point, I would have used term like "I am concerned how new..."
Ed Webster in rock climbs in the mountains of new hampshire (2nd)wrote: "Placed just after the name of a climb[...] is the commitment rating. This rating is an estimate of the climb's seriousness,..." So, for many years, by many local climber...the NCCS is not