Posted by Krazy Kat on October 31, 2001, at 8:52:22
In reply to How do you decide what to trust?, posted by Dr. Bob on October 30, 2001, at 1:56:11
1. From the perspective of someone looking for information, how do you decide what information to trust? What leads you to trust a web site? Another group member?
Information -- Known credibility in a field, i.e. published reports. Also, repeated information about a certain subject.
Web Site -- The tone set by the adminstrator is important. Frankly, the look and set up of the site affect me. I don't read the regulations, unless forced to. Gee, maybe that quiz wasn't such a bad idea afterall.;)
Group members -- Intuition. I think you have to be pretty open to communicate with people on the internet - take what they say at face value, until you start to suspect otherwise. If not, you wouldn't have a fighting chance to make connections or gain support. That's why when posters such as "gldngdss" or whatever it was invade a space, it is trying.
2. From the perspective of someone providing information, do you just pass it on, or do you try to present it in a certain way?
Absolutely try to present it in a certain way. Don't ever want folks to think I have a medical background or such for some reason - that it's just personal experience. But that should be clear on this, or any, support site. Reason and some caution are valid here.
Thank You, Dr. Bob! This is the only site I visit for support. The others just don't make the mark. Not even close.