This website is primarily a forum. As you can probably tell from the discussions here, people don’t hesitate to share their opinions. Please, if you have an opinion, share it. Even if it’s half baked, share it anyway.
The only thing that we ask is that you be proactive regarding your facts. We insist on that. If you’re going to have an opinion, at least go through the motions of backing it with some facts because that’s how valid opinions are formed. People look at different facts, they use their logical skills, they cross reference those facts using basic reasoning and then they come up with a conclusion.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that this is the best conclusion in the world. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you exercise logic the same way Aristotle, Socrates or Plato would. But at the very least, there is some sort of work put in.
The kind of opinion that we feel that we really don’t have any space for involves opinions that are essentially just candy coated or brilliantly wrapped feelings. Regardless of what you feel about something, it’s not really going to change the underlying fact. You may have a chip on your shoulder about gravity, but that doesn’t prevent gravity from killing you if you make the wrong move. Gravity is true today as it was yesterday and it will continue to be true thousands of years from now.
If you insist on sharing opinions based solely on unvarnished, untested, unverified and unvetted feelings, we’re not really going to go anywhere. We share this warning not because we’re trying to prevent people from sharing their points of view. We’re not trying to preempt healthy exchange of opinions.
But the problem here is that if you insist on just positioning your feelings as opinions, it’s going to create a lot more heat than night. In fact, in many cases, it’s going to create so much smoke that it’s going to be toxic for everybody involved.
If you don’t believe me, try burning a tire in the middle of your living room. Not only does it get old quickly. Not only does the smoke get in your eye and make your eyes water, it also can release harmful chemicals.