Perhaps, Twentyfive, you are looking at this from your viewpoint and not the viewpoint of your "peers" or the other students here. I don't think anyone here posts anything with the expectation of receiving a merit. (this obviously would not apply to any thread where we know up front we can receive a merit just for replying) As I see it, a merit can be given for any number of reasons, but it is always going to be the end result of someone elses appreciation of a post, response, etc.
And I believe Allan answered the issue of a demerit in a spot-on fashion. There was no need to respond in Tiffany's thread with such negativity. If you felt it necessary to express yourself that way, you should have sent her a private message.
Bottom line, I believe, is that everyone at RA brings something to the table. I can offer very little in the way of real help to most of the athletes here, but I try and participate in a positive way, even if that just means supporting those that are working so hard to achieve their goals.
Best of luck to you, Twentyfive.
""Some guys just give up living, start dying little by little piece by piece.......
Some guys come home from work, get washed up, and go racing in the street""