You just described the characteristics of developing good brainstorming meetings. 95%+ of intelligent people need to wind into or ‘get up to speed’ moving from one task to another brain task. Often, divergence topics stimulate focus for several people and the true conversational development of complex solutions begins.kind of a shame that they didn't just ask how to do it and let the chatter happen, or at least just not get bent when they started at least three threads trying to solve the same problem. I have learned that you will get a few pages of chatter no matter what you post about, then the thread will settle down and really get going
I just think he was somewhat narcissistic and has control issues along with a superiority mindset that made him react that way.