The only comment I will leave, is the one I had stated before: "Does
having MANY people wear this badge still accomplish the original goals set
forward for the creation of said badge?"
To elaborate more ... Let's say by the numbers that there is a kingdom in
which 25% of the archers have archery awards. When you go to a line filled
with archers from said kingdom, and you see every 4th person wearing this
award, does it still convey the same meaning, get across the same idea? Or
does it start to become so commonplace that you almost stop noticing it?
Now think of a more extreme example. Let's say that some kingdom creates a
new award and gives it out for 'excellence in a specific act on the field
of archery'. Similar to some fighting awards that exist (ie, you were one
of the 5 fighters left standing with the King when the whistle was
blown? Here, have an award.)
Now let's say that these start getting handed out like candy ... everyone
who is a 'semi-kinda serious archer' gets one. Win a tourney, pull off a
really neat shot, look like you are having alot of fun, help someone out,
etc ... you get the award.
Now let's say that 75% of the active archers in this kingdom get this award.
Now is the meaning of the fellowship badge degraded? When there is a sea
of badges floating on the line?
This may be an extreme case, but nothing stops it from happening. I will
give one example as such ... I have a group of friends who live within my
Barony now that originated from Calontir. They all (3) have Calontir's
"entry level service award". We were talking one day about things and they
brought up the fact that this award in Calontir is VERY common, that as
long as you are active, and helping out with things in your local group,
you will get this award fairly quickly. And that it had reached a point
where SO many people had this award, that it became 'unfashionable' to wear
the badge of the award, because since everyone who was anyone had the
badge, why bother with all the danglies.
Same thing that could happen here.
(PS. If you are from Calontir and disagree with the above, please feel
free to email me privately and let me know the true story -- but all I was
doing was relating a story told over the campfire at last Pennsic while a
number of us were getting dressed, and placing danglies around our necks.
-- To which they pulled their's out of their pocket, and began relating.)
At 07:57 PM 2/1/2001 -0800, you wrote:
>I have decided to make the basis for membership more general.
> Membership in the Fellowship would be given to:
>1) All holders of any kingdom level archery specific award, either
>armigerous on non armigerous.
>2) All holders of a kingdom level award not specific to archery, but
>for their skills in shooting, archery crafts or service in archery. This
>would include the OL and OP and any non peerage orders or awards.
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