Incidentally Andrew, you still haven't answered your own question, should we
promote metal detecting, and have instead amended it to should we promote
responsible metal detecting.
Everyone agrees to the latter if its seen as a conversion process of
existing detectorists. But of central significance to this thread is -
should we promote the growth of numbers of brand-new-to-the- hobby
RESPONSIBLE detectorists. That seems to be the only possible aim of PAS's detecting
game for children (albeit the mechanics of ensuring they're responsible are
mighty obscure). It would be good to know whether you or PAS thinks that would
be beneficial to society and archaeology but I somehow doubt we shall hear.
"I seemed to have lost the section that has that in it.... or did you just
make that up to suit your view...? "
is not going to prompt the desired reponse. How transparent and undignified.