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paul wheaton
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Something that I have said several dozen times in the past which appears to not be covered here is: I prefer to see posts that offer "my position" rather than "the truth". I've deleted a lot of stuff with "the truth". The reason is that if somebody posts "the truth" and a second somebody has an alternative position, then posting the alternative feels a lot like entering into conflict - so it is less likely to get posted. And it is that alternative that I want to see shared on this site.


Plus, if a person posts "the truth" rather than their position, then it seems to be flame war bait.  This site is not a site for flame wars or debates - it is for sharing information.

We have decided to follow a certain path for the type of communication we want there.  In the beginning we thought there would be very few people - but it seems that a LOT of people are drawn to this style.  Granted, this style is not for everybody.   But it for the people that are part of our community.   For those that don't care for it, I think the rest of the internet is available to you.

 
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I can't remember which thread it was, but I recently saw a few posts that seemed to boil down to "one has to mince words when talking about the truth on this forum". Mind you, it didn't come across as being quite so negative as my paraphrase from what I can remember. It got me thinking though that there are very few "truths", there's just things we think are true based on our current understanding. When we learn more, our idea of the truth changes. "The truth" 500 years ago would be different from "the truth" after microscopes were invented which would be different from "the truth" since electron microscopes were invented. If there's a scientific study done, all they can say is the results of that study. We operate on our best interpretation of the data, but our interpretation may be wrong and/or the data incomplete.

That's as true as the fact that the sky is blue (except when it's black...or gray...or pink, purple, orange...or that gray/yellow/green color it sometimes is before/during a storm......)
 
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The trueth is earth and water together will make mud.
Unless the earth is fired clay and the water is ice....
I guess "it depends"?

I have seen some folks here go full on porcupine evangelist and insist that the solution to  any challenge is "Prick Them With Quills!"
It's notable because it is rare as hens teeth,and usually appears in a closed thread...

 
 
Harry Soloman
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We are wily monkeys and in this the truth can be complicated.

Truth is merely an answer and answers often are arrived at perspective (ego) and how one got to their answer or equation.

As in math, their are many ways to obtain an answer to an equation.  As such I often see this type of confusion regarding "truth for all" can happen.  It is also likely both positions or multiple positions were and are correct for their perspective scenario and situation and thus in reality it was only a "truth" for that type of problem with those type of factors that the problem existed in.  No one shoe fits all kind of thing.

I hop that makes sense. 

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