posted on Oct, 2 2015 @ 08:41 AM
I would like to suggest and addition to the rules and guidelines here.
I have had numerous experiences with a handful of people who continually use the same tactic on multiple threads.
Someone will contribute an opinion or observation to a thread. Sometimes within seconds another person will deny the statement that was made and
demand that the person making the statement provide cited references and links to credible sources. Worse yet, they often do not acknowledge or
blatantly refuse to accept the information offered in support of the original statement. And they do this without offering any kind of support or
documentation for their own statements or beliefs. This amounts to nothing more than sniping and should not be allowed.
When I doubt the voracity of a statement someone makes on a thread here, unless I know for a fact what the truth is, I at least make a good faith
effort at finding out for myself. Once I have reason to suspect the information presented was inaccurate I will state my case. I believe everyone
deserves the benefit of the doubt.
The prevailing trend here seems to be that it is ok to deny whatever you want for no reason other than the fact that you want to, then demand that
people expend extra effort to provide you with enough references to convince you they are right. No one owes these people anything yet they act like
everyone owes them answers. To make matters worse, they tend to deny whatever references you provide to them anyway.
I would like to suggest that people be given the benefit of the doubt first. If you doubt what someone is saying make your own effort to find a real
reason to doubt them, and if you find it - share it. If you cant or wont find a reason to doubt them, keep it to yourself. Or at the very least, ask a
question to help clarify the statement. If you just deny something simply because you can you will accomplish nothing other than insulting people and
distracting others from the topic of conversation In the process.
It all comes down to treating people the way you want people to treat you. Fair is fair. If you are going to go off on someone because they used
anecdotal information, you should be prepared to provide more than anecdotal information in return. If you are going to demand references and links to
credible sources you should be prepared to do the same when someone makes that demand of you. If you think a source is not credible, that is your
problem. Any source is capable of telling the truth. Do not deny truth because it comes from a place you believe is not credible. Instead, address the
specific statement being made, not the person or source making it. If you find it to be flawed, say so. If you don't, maybe you were wrong all
It cant hurt to give people the benefit of the doubt. That doesn't mean you have to believe everything they say. It means you can do some research on
your own and find out if you have a reason to doubt them or not. Who knows, maybe you will learn something along the way...