If you've read any threads about cleaning a chain, you've probably read my opinion about it. "Do not soak the chain - wipe the external grit off with a rag soaked in kerosene and lightly coat with oil." Well, I'm here to admit I was wrong about that.
Having nothing to do this evening, I decided to get a jump on fall bike maintenance and work on the drive train. After removing the chain - which was icked up with really bad dirt/grease - I tried my own recommendations. After rubbing it and scraping on it with a miniature screwdriver, I decided, "The heck with this - I'm just gonna soak it!" It took a good 30 minutes in carb cleaner/paint thinner to loosen all that crud off. Not only that, the quick connect link fell off into the jar of cleaner. Darn! Not wanting to get my hand soaked, I thought to reach into the glass jar with a little magnet and retrieve it. Well, retrieve it I did - and a furball of greasy steel grit!! Since I started with a clean jar of cleaner, that steel grit must have come off of the chain! Poop! Means that there is a new chain in my near future!
The moral of the story is - even "senior members" aren't always right.