I've never soaked seeds myself, I've seen many others do it and swear by it. Some like to scuff the seed first. Then others swear by meditating near the seeds to put out a pure "aura" so the seed awakens.
But hey to each there own. If somethings not working, got keep trying something else until it does. Not every seed is created equal. I personally use the straight to the paper towel method, and it seems to work for me pretty well.
Anyway, good luck to ya @MadScientist
P.S. Wish you guys were NOT fighting on the forums its discouraging to read. Might I suggest to settle conflicts with PMs