RPS itself is merely a frontend for the complex and well-honed Japanese samurai tradition of yomi, as defined by 7th-level grandmaster David “Daimyo” (formerly “Diamond Dave”) Sirlin, expert of all things Oriental.
Also, you’re kinda mean.
At any rate…well, I have mixed feelings on Smash, or at least on the flame wars it invariably creates. On the one hand, even when the Smashers are legitimately civil, they attract a mouth-breather peanut gallery to shit all over them for being upstarts in a long-established, quirky gaming subculture. On the other hand, well, we have threads like this one, which come off as so utterly futile that they seem especially annoying – or at least so ill-advised as to provoke facepalming. Let’s be frank – you guys aren’t getting the proper respect you deserve, but you’re trying to obtain it the entirely wrong way.
The bottom line, I think, is that threads like these are NOT the way to win the respect of the “wider” fighting game scene. There’s nothing to gain because there’s no material commitment, no physical demonstration of the virtues of your players, your community, and your tournaments. All you prove on the Internet (and this goes for non-Smash drama, too) is that you’re willing to argue. So how DO you win SRK over, then? The same way you get better at tournament-level fighting game play, for Smash or otherwise – by stepping your game up.
Ignore the Internet trolling. Refine your play and react with maturity to quirky new shit that evolves in your game. Organize and run your tournaments with class and efficiency. Be transparent about how large-scale tournament decisions are made. Be mature, be respectful of players of other games and of each other. Be charitable to outside views, and don’t be afraid to laugh at things in your game or in your scene that are honestly silly or idiosyncratic.
You guys are relatively new, and like all new guys, you get hazed. There’s no getting around it. Suffer the slings and arrows and prove yourself a class act, and don’t worry about what the Internet thinks – if you prove yourself to be professionals and good sports with minimal drama at majors like Evo, the Internet ribbing will die down anyway as a side effect.