I never questioned the way Optio was organising his group. If you read MY posts, I asked if he were going to be an active group or a static one, and I asked if he was going to answer questions posed to him by others. I never told him how to run his group, you're more than welcome to quote where I have. I did tell him his manner was rude. That's not the same as saying his group was misguided.
If you read MY posts, I never claimed to be totally authentic, I did note that as an 'authentic trader' (please note quote marks as it is a designation that is applied by the shows, etc that we attend) we have to meet many of the criteria of LH displays, including wearing period clothing, having a period-appropriate tent and sell items that have been accepted as period-appropriate. Our display has been considered good enough by EH as well as other venues. Nowhere did I say we WERE doing LH, I said that we're held to the same standards. Yet, Optio has seen fit to attack our business by denigrating it when there has been no reason for him to do so. The beadmaking demonstrations Mike does have been good enough for St Fagan's, the National Museum of Wales, Nottingham University, the International Medieval conference but not for Optio. That's fine, he's entitled to his opinion, but he is not entitled to denigrate our work and dismiss us when we have not done so to him
The website info is at the bottom of my posts. I don't come here to promote our work, I come here to enter into discussions with people about history. I have a number of friends who post here, and they are part of what draws me to this forum.
We don't re-enact, by choice as we don't have the time to commit to a group that they would require. That's not to say that we don't have a deep interest in history. I wasn't aware that it was mandatory to re-enact to have validity, but Optio seems to believe that not being a re-enactor means that a person has no value or can add to any discussion.
As for Optio being blunt, there's blunt and there's rude. My opinion of how he's behaved is, of course, my opinon, but it has been echoed by others independently.