My thought is, people do things how they were taught. I soak them for 12 to 24 hours and then put in paper towel because a buddy of mines, brother, who was "closet growing" here in CA 40 years ago, before it was legal, did it that way and it's how he taught me. Cannabis doesn't grow in paper towels, either. Is everyone who starts them in that an idiot too?
There are many Vegetable and fruit seeds, THAT AREN'T SWAMP PLANTS, that you are told to soak, by experts, to facilitate or speed up germination. Hell, I had one of the top growers of Okra tell me to freeze the seed and soak it in milk for 2 days. Last time I checked, Okra doesn't grow in freezing temps (it actually is a HOT weather plant - I cant even think of growing it here until the temp gets to high 80's) nor do you feed it milk to grow. But Damned if it doesn't get them to crack in 3-4 days instead of 2 weeks.
I will fully admit that I am a Noob when it come to growing weed (kinda a journeyman at veggies, though - have had gardens most of my 52 years) and the reason I came here is to get advise from folks who have grown a lot longer than me, not EXPERTS (I can pay a few grand and take classes if I wanted to do that). People have learned what works for them and if others want to try it and see if it works for them too, I thought that is why we were all here.
I don't know........ I guess I'm just another idiot and I guess you don't want me to talk to you, either. NO PROB!