I think mentioning the maker is very important to these discussions. For us non-shoemakers, knowing which makers perform certain techniques and practices at a given price is extremely relevant, at least for me.
Until two days or so ago (whenever you discussed it), I had no idea what stitching aloft was or that it wasn't considered best practice. From what I can interpret, carving a holdfast is best practice, but I still don't understand what it's function is (maybe so that the welt leather sits more seamlessly along the insole, removing the need for a lot of cork?). I thought Bonafe, Vass, Meermin and other HW makers, were all more or less working with the same basic principles but varying things like quality of components, stitches per inch, etc. Then again, all that makes sense when you consider the price of a shoe.
In summary, I think the maker should be identified. It's very pertinent to the discussion and provides insight to potential buyers (most of us reading this very thread). As long as we don't get into continually bashing cost-saving methods, we can hold insightful and meaningful discussion.
All those are fair points. I would only observe that the name of the maker could be revealed in a PM or perhaps after the issues have already been aired. Again, why stir up defensiveness? I've seen too much of it here over the years from people who really don't know much about shoemaking but are diehard fans of a particular brand. It's almost like you were kicking their dog.
As for the holdfast...I have to reiterate...it's function is to hold the seam "fast" (securely). Whether the inseam is sewn aloft or in a channel the leather between one side of the inseam and the other--from the insole to the welt, IOW--is a holdfast.
And again...at risk of giving it a good name ...gemming functions as a holdfast.