I take absolutely no offense to anything you said and would concede that you have an extremely valid point about people asking for advice from the more experienced and then responding....inappropriately??...to that advice. My only retort in this particular scenario would be that while this individual about whom I was discussing is extremely knowledgeable about poultry keeping, judging, etc., he was in fact NOT knowledgeable about capons. By his own admission he'd never created a capon, and I don't think he's ever consumed one either, and therefore could not speak from experience or as a voice of wisdom on the subject. He merely dismissed the idea as a waste of time. I think to @Kassaundra 's point, a person in such a position of authority who has no experience on a topic should perhaps consider being restrained and conservative about advising one way or another. I'm a pretty strong-willed, free-thinking individual and was in no way deterred from my pursuit by his advice, but there are plenty of people who under such influence may avoid pursuing an expansion of their knowledge or a rediscovery of some of the "old ways" simply because an "expert" told them not to waste their time. Respect goes both ways, and unfortunately (or not) being in a position of authority means you must be MORE careful about what you say and advise, not less. Given how attentive you are to the wording in your own posts, I think you understand this.
Right now I very much regret having referenced this person at all, for as you pointed out, I have inadvertently led to the villification of a man I truly do respect, even if I disagree with him on this particular point. I had thought that by remaining ambiguous about his identity my complaint about him would be innocuous, but that may have been an incorrect assumption on my part. My own personal hope to learn this process and both its benefits and pitfalls, and share my experience on the matter with this individual. I believe that we all have something to learn from and teach to one another irrespective of age, gender, etc., and I'd like to show him a side of poultry keeping that he has never himself really considered. After all, he's already taught me quite a bit. I'd like to return the favor.
If you go back through other threads here, you will find that I did not mind debating the "old timers". If I thought it was wrong, I said so. I am that way in person, but I maintain communicating respect. That is harder on here, because we do not see facial expressions, or give pats on the back. I have disagreed and expressed dislike of particular points with friends in private. Not publicly. I hope not.
When I go to someone with questions, it is a different point. I am not disagreeing. I am going to shut up and listen, and I will consider it then and after. I do not want to complain about what I have been freely given.
I regret that this conversation has went this far. I am sorry. But, please try to understand the tone that I was originally responding to. Initially, I tried to remind us that we should listen to such. Whether we like it or not.