In this case Dale was publishing a lot of documents he referred to as articles. These articles contained a lot of opinion material. If you`re publishing an article, especially an article that tries to establish a best practice or recommended practice, it should generally be a presentation of facts, and should avoid conveyance of a specific opinion. An article is supposed to allow the reader to form their own opinion based on a neutral presentation of the facts.
This applies to all articles - journalism, marketing, etc. A written piece that contains mostly opinions should be marked as an opinion piece or editorial. At no time did I request that all his posts be marked - just that the posts he referred to as "articles" were either true articles or marked as opinion.
This that your opinion? Or is what you said just the facts?
Sorry, I must disagree that forum posts that are or may be construed as "articles" should be absent of opinion, conveyance of opinion, and be a presentation of facts.
Forum posts are inherently opinion. Forums are not journalistic media. People post their thoughts, which they may believe are fact or may be based upon personal experience or circumstance. The "facts" of a post may indeed be incorrect because the person posting is unaware of other facts or not experienced evidence to the contrary. The post may be inaccruate because things have changed - like SEO changes.
Readers will form an opinion of the article`s content and author no matter if there are cited facts or unmarked opinion. The beauty of forum is the interaction and participation/sharing of ideas, opinion, experience... from which readers can draw theirown conclusion.
Maybe we should all just assume everything that is posted is opinion unless otherwise stated?
Just my opinion
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