Like insecure children, it seems metal detectorists are constantly seeking attention and approval. Some of them attempt to attract attention to themselves by posting provocative texts in the public domain and then sit back and watch for a reaction. Detectorist John Winter and his pals first of all (in the comments section) reveal their anticipation that claiming artefact collectors as "national treasures" will get a reaction from the archaeological community, then disappointment that they were ignored. This is followed by a joyful announcement by the neglected old man when the notion was commented upon:
No wonder the PAS so often treats the milieu as a whole as cantankerous and backward children.