Heheh, no worries, I know you weren't checking on credentials and indeed, your points are very valid
There used to be one particular joker here who asked me for credentials at every turn, almost as if he was itching to match his credentials (if he even had any).
I always find there's no point in stating any qualifications because that will not encourage further discussion. If for example, I say "I'm a lawyer". Then next time people, when unable to rebutt the substantive points made, will say "dont want to argue with you, you lawyer, i argue sure lose" or "you lawyer, whatever you say lah"; or the like, thereby either stifling discussion or finding an easy way out for not substantiating what they say. Or if for example I say "I'm not a lawyer", then next thing people will say "aha, you not lawyer, then why you talk so much like as if you know everything? i also not lawyer, you also not lawyer, why you think u better than me?"
Hence, I prefer neither to confirm nor deny whether I'm a lawyer, a legal professional, a judge, an officer in the Legal Service (the govt department), a justices law clerk etc. Just let the points speak for themselves