I see a lot of posts on ATS with words like: proven, fact, evidence. Then, once I've opened the thread I read some useless observation that claims to
be actual fact, without citation or evidence to back up ones claims.
Boards with the most offenses that I notice are 'Political Madness' and 'General Conspiracy'. Wouldn't it be awesome if the mods were able to tag
threads with an [OPINION]
tag, much like the [HOAX]
tag in the thread title?
Now here's a common scenario. An OP will be made with claims of fact without citation or evidence. A reply will be made asking "where is the
evidence?". If and OP has made one of these two responses, it's an immediate FAIL
with an attempt to troll (intentionally or otherwise). The 2
typical responses are...
A) "Why should I prove it is? Prove that it isn't"
B) "Do I need to prove something that is obvious? (insert analog here)"
For the A's, realize that your opinion is just that, and state that it is your opinion, logical or not. There's no reason to be ashamed for having an
opinion. For example "It is my theory that birthers work for Obama, and here's why". This is a discussion forum, you may find that others share your
opinion. From there, a theory can be placed together, and eventually maybe evidence that the theory can be fact. Any OP claiming opinion as fact and
not doing this can expect to be trolled, laughed at, and called out.
For the B's, here's a conversational analogy to get you thinking.....
Steve: "The sky is blue, it is obvious, I can look up, and see that it is blue, therefore it is true"
Colorblind Bob: "What? Thats ridiculous, it is not obviously blue, when I look up I see purple, therefore it's just your opinion that it is
At this point, Steve has 2 options. He can either be a douche bag and keep going with his 'it's obvious' argument, OR he can wise up, and show Bob
that it's not just his opinion, but prove that the light seen in the sky is actually blue because blue in the electromagnetic spectrum has shorter
wavelengths making it easier to pass through the atmosphere and into your eye hole. (Rayleigh Scattering). The 2nd option leaves Bob a little more
educated, and Steve seem a little less douchier.
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So my point, if I ever had one, I suppose would be this. Have some humility when expressing your opinions, and learn to recognize that you opinion, no
matter how obvious it may be to you, is just that.... oh, and try not to be a douche bag.
edit on 27-4-2011 by Lighterside because: typo correction