Which is Your Font of Wisdom?
From my standpoint, the most reliable source of information is that which only offers what is known to be true. Opinions are fine, but they should be couched as just thatâ€¦ opinion. Opinions, however, usually wonâ€™t stand the scrutiny of someone on a fact-finding mission.
I rarely seek facts from others. I may ask their opinion, suggestion or observation, but I tend to tune out those that present them as facts. A fact is something that can be independently substantiated, and if the source is reliable, Iâ€™ve found that theyâ€™ll usually offer that substantiation up front. If I am looking for facts, Iâ€™m more likely to ask for a reference where I can find the information myself.
The blogs that I most enjoy reading are those that present their opinion and offer the evidence that led them to it. They make me think it through, and the result will usually carry more weight than simply stating their opinion or offering the evidence, separately.
Bill Slawski, for instance, in his dissection of patents, will cite certain aspects of the patent application, present the possible alternative interpretations that he sees there, and then offer his opinion as to which interpretation is most credible. Thatâ€™s ideal, in my opinion. He makes me think, he teaches me something in the process and he makes it quite clear that his opinion is only thatâ€¦ an opinion.