Passions arose, and people thought that their opinions would be unwelcome - at least by some.
It is a tragedy when bloggers withhold useful information, due to fear of a subset of their audience's reaction.
Readers have confirmation bias. If we read something that we agree with, a post is 'obviously' correct, and the author is a 'nice person'. If we read something that we disagree with, the post is 'obviously wrong', and the author is a jerk. This has a place in social blogs, but should have little relevance to gold making blogs.
I have sufficient hubris to be confident in my own gold making skills, but know that there are always other options, things that I can do different. Sometimes I don't get it as right as I could. While it strokes my ego to have people agree with me, I sometimes get valuable information when people disagree with me.
The gold blogosphere has seen the worst of personalities attacking personalities. This serves no useful purpose, and certainly does not give me new ideas.
We have also seen the 'best' (in my opinion) of personality wars. Sometimes two bloggers will - by prior arangement - and with prior permission - needle each other. This adds colour and makes for a more interesting read.
So what is the difference?
As a reader:
- Listen to the arguments, not the personalities. If all you are reading is about personalities, you can file it for use as a filter of bias, but otherwise, the comment or post is of little use.
- Look for the value of posts and comments; especially where they disagree. You have a confirmation bias that inhibits you from learning new things.
- Engage the argument in preference to the personality.
- Engage personalities in a method that assists the message.
- Accept that readers that disagree may feel attacked. If you think that they are defensive, take the extra step to highlight you are engaging the argument.
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