Do I HAVE to score baguettes?
Since sourdough has obviously failed, I'm turning my attention to baguettes. I'm having problems with it (solvable ones, I think) but the biggest one is scoring the bread. I've scored it fast, I've scored it slow, I've scored straight, I've scored at an angle, I've used my knives, I've used a razor blade, I've oiled it, watered it, prayed over it, and sacrificed a goat (just kidding) but no matter what I do, the blade hangs up on the dough and drags at it, which collapses the little loaf. If I try to "hold" the dough, it collapses.
Do I absolutely need to score this bread? What will happen if I don't? And would it be any worse than flat loaves?