@amirm I don't think it's a huge problem in the forums, but there are a few examples of posts about Rob Watts come across as personal. Rather than play out the detail in this thread (especially as an official review thread) I've flagged a couple of them using the report function. The examples are more infantile than malicious, but in my view add grist to the mill of anyone wanting to paint ASR as a bad actor. These days it's very common online (and I'm sorry to say in the humanities departments of many top universities) to both strawman the 'oppositions' arguments and produce adhominem by histrionically quoting them out of context and in bad faith, or just recklessly. We do have a couple of members who highlight these isolated posts in support of their story that you are an industry troll and ASR members (including myself) are mindless zealots. That's obviously completely false, but nevertheless thats how it's presented elsewhere complete with 'mined' quotes from ASR members. It's impossible to avoid being quoted in bad faith, but the posts that I have highlighted privately make it too easy in my opinion.You keep saying this. What is "personal" about the comments here? Did folks talk about his family life? Where he lives? What car he drives? What?
It may be more helpful for members to use the report function in future rather than discussing in the open forum.
I have been a very critical voice on Chords marketing strategy which I think I can fairly summarise as 'keep the advertising regulators happy by sticking to the facts in company published literature, but either encourage or tolerate a rockstar engineering consultant whose name is synonymous with Chord Electronics making dubious claims that just happen to increase the perceived value of the product in a way that would absolutely breach the regulations pertaining to substantiation of advertising claims if made by the company'. In my field we have a term for Chords behaviour; lawfully audacious.
With respect to Watts himself, I think it's at best naive for him to not to expect criticism or ridicule, but I'm sure we would all agree that personal ridicule is not evidenced to be very influential behaviour and it's possible to squander the moral upper hand by appearing to have an axe to grind, which I am certain that you and the wider membership don't.