In another forum a poster recently came on and challenged myself and a couple of other authors on the chapters we had written in a popular series of books that deal with our hobby. The moderators in the forum felt he was being disruptive and insulting and after a couple of warning banned him from the group.
I felt that his questions and challenges were all fair game and deserved to be addressed. He implicated plagerism as well as less than proffessional testing procedures. The other authors involved were in agreement that he should be banned and that behavior like this should not be tolerated.
I felt like we were all reading different posts as nothing he said struck me as being anything but a challenge. He was specific enough in his challenges to allow us to address every issue he brought up. Someimes he appeared to be beating a dead horse but even then I felt he changed the wording or the question just enough to still be considered a legitimate question. Basicaly I saw someone who was looking for doctorate quality research from a bunch of guys doing backyard hobby level research, but none the less I thouroughly enjoyed his challenges and felt he gave us an opportunity to go into more detail about how we arrived at our conclusions.
Typicaly how do authors normally respond to serious challenges?