Hey everyone. This situation can be super frustrating and, because of the nature of this beast, it’s easy to think that something is working, only to have the peeling start anew.
We’ve got to be able to debate this stuff without making it personal and getting angry at people. There seem to be only a very few people who have this problem and fewer still is the number who have found their way to this board. Our chances of resolving the peeling increase exponentially with the number of people who can collaborate and share experiences, so the more the merrier. I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you don’t like something or some approach, just ignore it, maybe state your opinion about why you think it’ll result in a dead end, but don’t get mad. This is really hard to do, but it’s in everybody’s best interest to react this way.
Also, history is rife with examples of scientists who’ve picked one side of some debate and then vehemently defended it, regardless of what new data might have shown—it seems to be human nature. It’s really easy to get personally attached to an idea, especially if it’s something novel, but we’ve got to approach this situation like mercenaries: even if it’s a really great or even elegant idea, be prepared to adjust your position if the evidence begins to point in a different direction.