I would like to share a related story...
I was climbing last year at Sunnyside and setting up a top-rope anchor on a route while with someone very new to climbing. While setting up the anchor, someone soloed up the very route we were setting an anchor on. We were the only 3 people at the cliff and it was likely a weekday when usually no one would be around. I didn't know this other climber and still don't know who it was.
Do I really need to point out how inappropriate it was for this event to take place, esp. in front of a new climber?
You get questions (hopefully) after an event such as "So, soloing is the ultimate goal of a rock climber? Practice on ropes and then when you feel ready, you go for a solo attempt?". If you are not so lucky, they don't ask and decide their goal MUST be to solo a route.
To the person who did this, great for you to sail up a route w/o protection, chalk, shoes, etc.
Not so great of an example to a new climber.
This isn't the first time someone has climbed solo right in front of others and usually new climbers.
Personally, I think it's great to be able to solo, but feel it's unfair to others in many ways.
I'm not saying that if you solo, you are bad. I'm not saying that soloing isn't amazing and that it doesn't feel great and free. Just that there are no second chances and it likely wouldn't be your ability, but rather uncontrollable circumstances that would result in a likely fatal fall such as a broken hold.
Rock on everyone.