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Nonsensical Usage Of "It's Only My Opinion"  
User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7958 posts, RR: 12
Posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1473 times:

I was flickering through the Av Forum and came across the line "It's only my opinion" several times and more than often this ... uh .. statement was used as an exuse for not providing facts or at least an idea that explains the authors point of view. It often goes like this:

User A: "Competitor A does not have a business plan."
User B: "Please elaborate ..."
User A: "Hey, it's only my opinion!"

Eventually User A stresses that it's his/her right to express his/her "opinion" and that the mods would do a good job in supressing it.

While opinions differ from facts (such as 1+1=2), because opinions are disputable, they do NOT exempt you from finding arguments that back your opinion up.

According to Webster and Encyclopaedia Britannica, an opinion is "a view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter" or a "belief stronger than impression and less strong than positive knowledge" or "a formal expression of judgment or advice by an expert."

Example:

"I like the 777 better than the A340, because it's roomier" is a valid opinion: You have compared the comfort both aircraft provide and came to the conclusion/judgment that you like the 777 better.

"Competitor A does not have a business plan" is not an opinion, it's a wild guess, since you can't back your judgment up with more than maybe a vague impression.
(Besides: you don't even do Competitor B a favor by saying so. If B looses quite an amount of marked share to a competitor that doesn't even have a business plan, either A delivers a truly superior product - sheer geniuses at work - or B is run by a bunch of morons).

That being said, it's not wise, rhetorically speaking, to say "it's only my opinion". You are merely stating the obvious because everyone knows you are not somebody's spokesperson, and it's simply unnecessary blablah to state the obvious.
But foremost, and thanks to the little word "only", it sounds like a defense and instead of defending yourself, you usually want to lead a discussion.


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User currently offlineWellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1457 times:

Please see Rule #8

If you are merely providing an opinion, please MENTION THIS in your post.

While you may not agree with it and it may not be necessary, they are just following the rules.

This is NOT my opinion, it is fact.


User currently offlineAa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1448 times:

In my opinion this thread sucks


Go big or go home
User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7958 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1440 times:

I interpret the rule that you shouldn't confuse facts with opinions and that it has to be clear what part of your post merely reflects your opinion on the matter.

If you say "I like the 777 better on routes like ... " it's clear that you post your opinion. You don't need to echo "but that's only my opinion".

But you only refer to a sidenote of my post.

[Edited 2004-09-06 23:09:19]


I support the right to arm bears
User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7958 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1437 times:

Aa61hvy, you always say so when things are getting a bit complicated for you.  Big grin


I support the right to arm bears
User currently offlineAa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1425 times:

Nah, I just like to crack on people who take life too seriously


Go big or go home
User currently offlineBushcheney2004 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1418 times:

Aa61hvy, in my opinion you are 100% right.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21479 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1411 times:

Bushcheney2004: Aa61hvy, in my opinion you are 100% right.

Maybe when you´ve grown up you can afford an opinion of your own!  Big thumbs up
Wouldn´t that be fantastic?


User currently offlineSchoenorama From Spain, joined Apr 2001, 2440 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1402 times:

NoUfo:

It is my own personal judgement that this thread will not get very far, as it is my belief as well as my own thought that most people haven't got a clue what you're talking about!

Of course, we could always have an opinion poll about it...

Ex mea sententia



Utinam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant!
User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1363 times:

Well, to some extent I think that the "that was sarcasm" comment is much worse than the "my opinion" comment...

After posting something really ridiculous - and after noticing that others don't agree with them - quite a few members will post a message saying "Hey - you didn't get that? That was sarcasm!!!"...

It's annoying, it's common practice, and it's not really worth a thread...

Anyhow, I know what you're trying to say, NoUfo, and I agree.

Regards,
Frank



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