Doom I agree this data is not 100% accurate, but at least we can draw some conclusions from it.
Unfortunately I think you're getting the wrong impression of my position. I do not doubt the accuracy of the data. The data seem reasonable. I doubt a few (but not all) of the conclusions. Sorry if that was unclear. I agree that no blasters should be banned, but I disagree that some styles of darts should be banned.
I mentioned a potential bias as an example of an advantage of an objective test. As I said then, slingshot ammo should hurt more than others for the same velocity as it is heavier. Your conclusion there is sound. However, I fear similar "tests" would and do reveal biases, and I mentioned this to motivate use of a objective test.
Banning some styles of darts is a simple "solution." I put solution in quotes because it avoids the true nature of the problem. Perfectly acceptable combinations are banned while some painful combinations are still allowed this way.
As far as I'm concerned, KED is the simplest solution as it is only a single rule that does not require revision in the future unless different KED values are determined to be okay. But, I know some people can't do math and do not own the required equipment. This is an unfortunate fact, but I do not feel it should get in the way of safety. Anyone interested in safety in this hobby should own both a chronometer and a scale that measures mass to the tenth of a gram.
If anything is still unclear, let me know.
Edit: I have a tendency to go nuts in threads about banning blasters or darts. I hope no one takes it personally. This is simply something most people get wrong and I'm rather annoyed by it.
Edit #2: Of course, anyone can run their wars how they want. If they choose to arbitrarily ban something that's where I feel the need to criticize that decision.
Edited by Doom, 21 November 2009 - 09:25 AM.