Thanks for the support, Shane. Being the old guard has very few advantages in this field because the subject has become the Rorschach test of science. Everyone views it in their own image. Also, science has been taken over by the precision of math as applied by physics. Chemistry is based on a more intuitive kind of understanding. The understanding of LENR has to start as a chemical process.
In chemistry, we look for relationships rather than mathematical precision and certainity. The understanding of LENR is still at the intuitive level. We do not yet have the precision demanded by physics. If we were hunting for gold, we would be still exploring the landscape while looking for nuggets. We need to use the nuggets and their location to determine where to dig. Demanding that nothing can be believed without the gold being actually in hand does no good. We now have many nuggets. We have to use them to determine where to dig.
Also, the process has four separate but related events.
First, the atoms have to assemble. The discussion is still at this stage.
Second, the Coulomb barrier has to be overcome. This is where the discussion will get difficult.
Third, the fusion process has to occur. This process is expected to produce unexpected products.
And finally, the energy has to be dissipated. This will be a difficult part of the discussion even though many observations are available as a guide.
Each part of this process is unique and not like any other nuclear process. This means each stage has to be discussed and understood separately, with progress being limited by how fast agreement about each stage can be achieved. Only then can the other secondary nuclear processes be understood.
I'm hoping this discussion will result in a useful guide for future researchers even though it will be largely ignored at the present time.