Ah, so many varying shades of grey, especially to those that want to paint the perfect contrast between black and white, ultimate and penultimate, etc. If one feels that they have reached the pinnacle of reenacting, it must be remembered that from the pinnacle the only direction is down, so another peak must be found to scale.
The point has been made about this site, I believe and paraphrasing from Gen John A. Lejeune, "...the relationship should be more like teacher and student." We are all students here, and at the same time teachers, for there is always some tidbit of information to be harvested from the fields of history. Remember once a upon a time all of us were babes, knowing nothing about the world. What if all those 'grown-ups' had shunned us and not imparted their worldly experience upon us? Let us be tolerant of those who ask, for remember even if you have heard the question 500 times, it is the first time that individual has asked.
I have yet to meet a person of any hobby or walk of life that was born with the knowledge of the ages. All of us make up our own titles, is there a test to become a hardcore? Who made you one, is there a commission that selects? I believe that all of us, what ever we call ourselves are self-proclaimed. I will say it is quite obvious to any observer those that play at this and those that are serious.
Fan the flames!!!!