Saturday 27 June 2015

Focus on Metal Detecting Gatekeeper Rodgers

Kris Rodgers ("Addicted to Bleeps") started a thread about using the organic acids and decomposition products of olive oil to strip corrosion off delicate dugup artefacts. Several people tried to tell him this was a bad idea and they had been warned against such methods by heritage professionals, including one trained conservator. He was having none of this (Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:59 am):
I see 'he who shall not be named' has piped in on the topic. Again, I'll [sic] much prefer to take the advice of those that have been doing this for 30 years + and have god knows how much experience between them. I listen to them. A lot. I've contacted one RE the Olive oil test to make sure his coins are still ok 20-30 years on. I'm sure he wouldn't have advised me if they weren't. 
Note the enforced anonymity. He attempts to prevent anyone checking for themselves what that deliberately-not-named person wrote and prevents this readers from contacting directly those unnamed 'elders' whom he treats as some kind of gurus but to which he wants to retain sole access. Mr Rodgers wants to make himself the gatekeeper and arbiter here. But look what happens when he starts to feel he is losing control.  "JamieMP" (Thu Jun 25, 2015 5:52 pm) points out the pitfalls he has experienced using this traditional method which led him to eschew it and adds:  
Really, old boys (and girls) say many things and experience isn't always right, nor does it always translate correctly. When they look at their coins, for example, do they even remember what they looked like all those years ago? Aren't they looking with eyes thirty years older? If they looked under a microscope, would they then perhaps see a difference (assuming they can remember what it originally looked like)?
Mr Rodgers' reaction is way over the top ("Addicted to bleeps" Thu Jun 25, 2015 6:29 pm)
Actually, they're people I respect a great deal. And for that reason, I'm out of this thread.
The guy started the thread, and was happy as long as he had everyone's attention, the moment that somebody started debating the issues, he walks off in a huff. I think this puts some of his earlier behaviour in context (including his baseless accusations of me associated with his involvement with "Nazi War Diggers")  where he has several times thrown out an accusation, and when somebody attempts to pin him down and get facts, simply refuses to talk further.

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