After spending a certain amount of time viewing the battle forum I have begun to notice, along with others I'm sure, that there can sometimes be a split among people when it comes to measuring a person's power level. Hopefully this will get a nice discussion going on some ways we can all agree to better judge a persons power.
Here is an example: Zeus doesn't have the quantity of feats to match up to Odin. He does have some good ones, just not many. On the other hand by his status as a skyfather he is implied to be Odin's equal. From this, some will say they are equal because it has more or less been stated and others will say because Zeus doesn't have the feats he cannot be considered as powerful as Odin. The only problem with this is that as long as Thor is more popular than Hercules, Odin will always display more feats on panel than Zeus. So are we to say that Odin is more powerful just because he has more time in front of the reader?
That's just one example. This one might be a little more of a stretch but it's worth bringing up as well. Most on these forums tend to agree that to have travel speed doesn't necessarily imply that a person will also have high combat speed. I don't always agree with this but many members have made a strong case for it still. We all know Superman, WW etc, have displayed high end travel and combat speed but they have also fought people who have displayed all of their super powered attributes except for the reflexes. I'm not a regular DC reader but from what I have gathered on the forums Black Adam and Captain Marvel would be two examples.(Correct me if I am wrong.) Should those two or any other examples be given 'assumed' super combat speed even though it hasn't been displayed, or are we to believe various members of the Justice League, or Marvel speedsters like Gladiator, deliberately handicap themselves every time they battle said opponents?
To take it a little further, high level beings like Galactus, the celestials, Odin and whoever else don't have any speed feats really but with all of their vast power would it be too much of a stretch to assume they could not augment their speed to do physical combat if they chose to? When someone mentions a Superman vs Odin fight for example many people will bring up the fact that Superman could theoretically speedblitz but most still write off the idea that Superman could fight and defeat someone on Odin's level? There are other powers that can fall under 'Implied vs. Displayed' too. I am just making a case with speed blitzing because it comes up a lot.
Anyways, I just wanted to generate a little discussion to see how people set boundaries for things like this as well as your reasoning for it. I would like to hear all sides to see how certain things have come to a consensus.