From thought started by the poll, what does stropping mean to folks around here.
To me stropping is polishing/finishing an edge on some other medium besides the stones, and not just edge trailing strokes
Perhaps I'm too rigid in my definition here, but whether it is horse butt, some other leather, balsa, felt, newspaper, and whatever compounds are involved Stropping is something other than the stone.
Personally I don't strop. I did once upon a time but stopped in an effort to improve my sharpening, as I felt that stropping covered up some of my flaws with the stones. I also don't think stropping at sub micron grits helps much and from what I've experienced just isn't for me as far as food goes. Now if I was shaving or cutting paper for a living I'd strop for sure but I don't like it for food.
Maybe I wasn't all that great at stropping but I think it is more that I prefer more bite and tooth than I've gotten from stropping at that high of grit. For my uses and purposes I think finishing on the Kitayama makes very excellent edges for food.
But again I think stropping is something done off the stones on some other medium. I'd love to hear what other people think.