Some find this place toxic. I don't purport to speak for him but this place has a lot of keyboard commodores. and has chased off some knowledgeable people.
So, are you suggesting that those who have spent decades researching should have no compensation for their time? Keep in mind that I am one such researcher who has spent significant time at multiple archives branches since 2004 and has chosen to post much of his research online for free. I believe the stuff I have found is important enough not to simply "leave" back at archives, but I have the luxury af treating my limited time on site as a hobby where I can essentially throw all my time and money away, cause there ain't no way in hell I'll ever make anything near back what I have spent on any book projects I may eventually complete.
I have stated in the past that it is an *academic* discussion - I'm pretty sure the sailors who died that day didn't care what color the paint that was combusting with them was. But that is not to say it is an unimportant detail and is not worth further research. We should just respect the sailors who lost their lives that day by dealing with this subject and each other in a civilized fashion.