I haven’t had a chance to check out the website yet, but I’ve been following it here on the forum and have skimmed and scanned its content.
So, you personally feel that the website will do a better job at preparing a person for “asking the appropriate questions” better, than a live teacher who can answer specific questions the student has during their first games?
There is also another aspect to consider: that many people are more comfortable learning from another person; versus self-led or automated exercises based learning styles.
I agree with you that the rank has far less to do with the capability and knowledge of the teacher. I admit that I am not trained as a professional Go player or Go teacher. But who is? Perhaps you don’t feel that is necessary in order to teach someone. If not, what do you feel makes someone worthy and competent as a Go teacher?
I’ve seen a lot of sites and never found a single site that did a rock solid job of teaching the basics of Go to a beginner. Humans have always been better at it, since the student can ask targeted questions.
Do you feel that if I mimic this website, that I be better than other teachers who are operating off of experience alone?
I’m asking all of this because I don’t feel that teaching others should ever be discouraged. A big part of Go is the social component and people often learn from one another. It is a beautiful part of the game experience and something I treasure greatly.
Please note, that I sincerely mean no disrespect to AdamR or Kosh or anyone else involved in this endeavor. That said, after glancing at the sites front page only, I can see that the language still needs some work; and this is a problem that was present when AdamR first started asking for feedback. Right off the bat that has me seriously questioning your recommendation for this as a one stop resource. Language should be clear and concise, in order to avoid confusion wherever possible.