How do you know the full story if you came late when posts had been deleted and the thread locked?
Your opinion is noted, but if you only saw half the conversation how do you know that she wasnt concidering opposing theories?
Walstad's theories continue to be popular and generate a lot of interest up to the current day. Her book is very popular. She is a scientist that continues to engage in her field.
Do you have anything to say to commend her achievements at all?
Why was promoting her book distasteful? I dont find that distasteful in the least.
You are correct, I don't know the full story, as I didn't see the fireworks that sent it off the rails.
But I was there early on, and IMO she was not interested in hearing opposing theories. I get it, she is well respected in the hobby and was probably not used to being challenged, but I have to say she reacted badly to it. The fact is many well known people in the hobby dismiss some of her theories, and they are certainly open for debate.
As to peddling a book in a thread where someone is asking for help.....well, yes, I find that distasteful. This is a community that freely shares their common knowledge for the benefit of the hobby. You have someone posting seeking help, and the answer is go buy my book. I can't imagine any of the other well known folks in the hobby who stop in here from time to time ever doing anything like that.
But again, just my opinion as to what I observed during the episode. I am sure others disagree and have a different view.