I've asked Under what circumstances might gravitational waves impart linear momentum to an object? (e.g. Quasar 3C 186) which cites the recoil as one example, but continues:
My question is not only about this event, but about the effect of gravitational waves incident on objects in general as well. If I have two test objects, a black hole and a star, and a gravitational wave produced from a separate event passes through them, would either of these test objects receive an impulse from the passing wave and begin to move away from their initial position due to the wave?
Background material in my question covers the case of BH merger recoil, so I've asked about a situation where a wave produced from a separate even is incident on a star and a black hole. I've asked earlier about a passing gravitational wave transferring energy to an object and received an excellent answer.
I'm having difficulty understanding the answer to my current question. It starts:
The momentum bestowed by a passing gravitational wave (GW) on an object is always going to be negligible (there may may be situations when the energy deposition is non-negligible... but rarely and frankly unlikely). The key is in the momentum carried away by anisotropic GW emission from the object itself.
Is that an unqualified yes? As far as I know, "negligible" does not necessarily mean finite or nonzero.
I put a bounty on the question, and I'd like to award it. I've asked the poster to simply add a sentence with a clear yes. I did get a yes in a comment, but comments should be considered temporary and not integral parts of answers.
When the dust settles I was hoping for an answer to Under what circumstances might gravitational waves impart linear momentum to an object? that would be easy enough for future readers to get an answer from without having to go in and start reading the citations of the 7 peer-reviewed references.
The poster is responsive in comments, but resistant to alter or add in any way to the originally posted wording of the answer.
Question: Is there something wrong with me asking in this case for the answer to be clearer? Is there any other ways I can ask?