To decide on if someone's posts are reliable it is a good idea to know their background. For example if I'm looking for info on Aikido then I'm going to pay attention to what Dave Humm is saying on the other hand if I'm after info on RBSD I'll go read some stuff posted by Sonshu. As for the self-taught n00b well seeing as your profile says: "Will learn White Crane KungFu. Mostly interested in Ninjutsu, but no good schools around." and the fact that you haven't answered the question about your training along with your "what's wrong with self teaching" remarks you've made in other threads then er yes I I'm begining to put you in the "selfTaught N00b category" unless you're going post anything to show different??