NoUFO
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Nonsensical Usage Of "It's Only My Opinion"

Tue Sep 07, 2004 5:31 am

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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WellHung
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RE: Nonsensical Usage Of "It's Only My Opinion"

Tue Sep 07, 2004 5:41 am

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.
 
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RE: Nonsensical Usage Of "It's Only My Opinion"

Tue Sep 07, 2004 5:48 am

In my opinion this thread sucks
Go big or go home
 
NoUFO
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RE: Nonsensical Usage Of "It's Only My Opinion"

Tue Sep 07, 2004 5:55 am

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]
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NoUFO
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RE: Nonsensical Usage Of "It's Only My Opinion"

Tue Sep 07, 2004 5:57 am

Aa61hvy, you always say so when things are getting a bit complicated for you.  Big grin
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RE: Nonsensical Usage Of "It's Only My Opinion"

Tue Sep 07, 2004 8:11 am

Nah, I just like to crack on people who take life too seriously
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RE: Nonsensical Usage Of "It's Only My Opinion"

Tue Sep 07, 2004 8:16 am

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

Tue Sep 07, 2004 8:26 am

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?
 
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RE: Nonsensical Usage Of "It's Only My Opinion"

Tue Sep 07, 2004 8:36 am

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...

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RE: Nonsensical Usage Of "It's Only My Opinion"

Wed Sep 08, 2004 3:29 am

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.

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