I don’t trust categories that are agenda-driven.
This is no different than the Left calling long rifles “Assault weapons”
It makes no indigenous sense to the people who use those weapons or the industry. It’s a made up term to push an agenda.
Similarly, the Young creationists categories, make no sense when you actually examine the science being done.
There does exist a separation between Experimentalists and Theorists. But no science falls into one or the other. It always has both.
Thus, calling a science “unoperational”, is just a farce. A made up terminology, meant to push an agenda.