I find it really cheesy and weak when someone feels the need to pump up their post by saying that “most dopers feel” “the majority of dopers feel” “this community agrees” or whatever version of that you like.
A) How the fuck do you know? Are you carrying on private email exchanges with a thousand or so other Dopers? 500? 100? 3? If you ARE privately polling 1,000 dopers or more, then you can say this. If not, you are making it up.
B) Therefore, this is a transparent attempt to bolster your argument by assuming a bunch of people agree with you, then stating, without any evidence to back it up, that a bunch of people agree with you
C) The Dopers themselves are perfectly capable of agreeing or disagreeing…that’s what we do here.
D) Have the courage of your own convictions, for gods’ sake. If you believe in what you’re saying, just say it. The agreement of large numbers of other dopers does not validate your opinion. History is littered with really bad ideas supported by large numbers of people. There may be strength in numbers, but that doesn’t mean there’s truth or righteousness.
E) Since there will almost certainly continue to be many instances of this, I’d just like to say that you are never speaking for me. Ever. Even if I completely agree with you. I speak for myself, thanks anyway.
F) And finally, it is my opinion that this is a subtle form of bullying that I find particularly distasteful. Somebody puts up a post, 2 or 3 bold Dopers come along and give their 2 cents, claiming that most Dopers agree, implying or even flatly declaring that this agreement makes it the “Right” position, and all other positions are only held bv morons and assholes, and basically terrorize some of our less bold and confident Dopers into shutting up, because they have been informed that all good Dopers everywhere agree that…blah blah blah.
Matters of fact are backed up by cites.
Matters of opinion are singular and personal. When stating yours, please remember that. (Unless you work for Gallup)
PS: For those of you who may seize upon this as an opportunity to rag me about my self-righteousness, I remind you ahead of time that you are missing the point. I don’t have a problem in the world with anybody being self-righteous, believing they are right, and saying so. What I have a problem with is people who don’t ** really ** believe they ** are ** right, so they try to make themselves appear so by claiming that most other Dopers agree with them, when they cannot possibly know this. Two entirely different things
PPSS: Of course, this is MY opinion only.