I think there are at least two mindsets/approaches to answering questions.
Work out the answer from a completely unbiassed viewpoint , considering all sides and options, and then present it, even if you don’t like it (the answer).
Have an opinion about the subject and try to construct an answer that makes your opinion seem correct, using as arguments only those options that support your opinion whilst ignoring those that don’t.
To me it feels like most questions asked on/in the Straight Dope Message Board(s) are answered from approach 2. I could easily be wrong. Can anyone convince me that I am, and that most questions are answered from approach 1?
I do not mean to step on anyone’s toes here. But my faith in the ‘fighting ignorance’ motivation here is faltering. It feels like important/controversial questions like “is communism really evil?” are being wrongly answered because of opinions.