Ed, I appreciate your response. I'm sorry that your offer of guidance and assistance was rebuffed. That, then is the organizer's problem, not yours. I would suggest that you not give up, and try again the next time you hear of another event like last year. Or, as I said, suggest someone else that may be knowledgeable enough to assist them. Give them at least one more chance. Everyone deserves that much if you've only broached this subject to them once. And I would suggest, you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar. For all that, keep your input coming.
Ypres, thanks for your comments, much appreciated.
Mike, I have to disagree. I would not want Ed to be banned or otherwise ostracized in any way. We are all entitled to our opinion. If you disagree with someone, put forward your point of view. The person may not agree, but hopefully will acknowledge your POV. Try not to let anything get under your skin, it just leads to high blood pressure and an sour frame of mind. If someone is going to be negative to your comments, as I said, that is their problem. Try not to make it yours.
To everyone following this thread...again, I suggest you recall the Serenity Prayer...Courage to change the things you can, serenity to accept the things you can't and the wisdom to know the difference. This hobby is our collective passion and we get very emotionally engaged in it. Just remember that there are a lot more important things to get upset and indignant about in this world. Whether uniforms are correct on re-enactors, hat badges and cloth flashes are correctly identified or seemingly stupid questions are asked, will not help refugees in the Middle East, solve global warming or help a farmer grow a good crop or a fisher to haul in a good catch to support their families. All I ask is that we all try to keep it in perspective.
Here endeth the lesson.