These are always hard discussions to agree on, as the hill walking-technical alpine climbing spectrum isn't a sport, it's just a pastime/hobby, so there's no one clear way to progress. It's also an activity filled with a history anti-establishment people. Indeed, it may be the free for all of just going up something the way you want that attracts many, even if you don't see yourself as so extreme.
I do feel the, "crawl before you walk" advice is good, within reason. I also do feel that getting some climbing skills is good, within reason. Same goes with backcountry skills - the list goes on. Many people skirt many of these skills and make it up the mountain. It's only when conditions expose a weakness in their skillset do we scream bloody hell.
I dunno what to do about that, since it's only a matter of time that anyone of us (including me) is going to get in trouble (potentially) when we're not fully prepared. Thesis being, you can't be prepared for everything. Ways to mitigate that, especially with accidents on Cap. that seem to follow a pattern?
* The knife edge, although easy, seems to really make people uncomfortable - so much so, that people want a way to not have to do it twice.
* The approach is long, and people get tired, and look for shortcuts that don't exist
* Groups dynamics are dissolved and disagreements lead to people going off route.
That's well and good. I don't quite know how to communicate that information to a group of people who seem clearly not to want to be educated. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I was at the Second Flatiron yesterday, and management recently put up a sign there. It's a similar sign that many want at the trailhead for Capitol. It basically said, "hey be prepared, the terrain gets tricky and you can get into a bad situation; rescue takes time". Very clear points - you can't miss the sign. The climb is Class 4. It's where you go for a date scramble (or like me, make it a main point of your weekly training, since you're a scaredy-cat)
Last night, 30 feet above, was a dude that seemed to kinda not want to be up there anymore - I don't know what his plan was, since his friends were still on the ground. He threw his pack to someone waiting on the ground, then decided to just allow himself to slide down to the bottom - a controlled fall. Thankfully, he was OK. They then asked what the route was, and where it ended.
I don't think the sign had much of an effect.