Paul Barford and Nigel Swift both have decent blogs with plenty of readers. They both have good content with quite a few interesting articles.
The both appear to want the same thing, a more governed, ethical and above all a more responsible approach to metal detecting.
Now that's all fine and dandy, its a view a lot of detectorists have too im sure (me included). So I have to pose the question, why do they both choose to operate in a manner that is counter proactive?
You only have too trawl their respective blogs for a few seconds to find that they have been cutting and pasting information and conversations from other blogs and metal detecting forums. They then take time to dissect these sentences and try to make it show the poster in the worst possible light.
So how does this help anyone or anything? Well the answer is it doesn't. It gains them more readers and followers but does not help the causes they shout out about one bit.
If they tried interacting with metal detectorists and gave their views and worries in a way that doesn’t include calling metal detectorists thick or slack jaws or whatever other put downs they think of then maybe people would start listening. Untill then im sure you will both just keep the label of trolls.
Which is unfair as im sure you could have some good input.
I look forward to seeing this post cut and shut on your blogs shortly