What happens is that people don't want to actually reach the logical end of their information argument.
Some well-intentioned and caring poster says, 'I don't think anyone above a ___ handicap can claim to be a great ball-striker' and the response he gets is...
'Oh, so I guess I'm a terrible player who should give up the game, huh? You don't know me! You shouldn't judge me! I might be Ben Hogan for all you know! What right do you have to tell me I'm not great!'
People are so touchy and so quick to try that elementary school debate class tactic of making your so-called 'opponent' look stupid, biased and hypocritical that they don't realize they undermine the entire discussion and turn it into a useless back-and-forth between extremes.
To enter a real debate you must first be willing
to accept you might lose or actually might be wrong about something. When ego enters that arena and people aren't wiling to test the limits of their information argument no real debate can exist.
Those emotionally-charged responses make intelligent posters leave forums and in general make it nearly impossible to maintain civilized discourse. Again, people don't want to reach the end of their limited knowledge, admit it and start learning from more experienced players. It's a lot easier to state base-less opinions.
Always remember...opinions are worthless. Opinions come from a mind without explicit, factual knowledge. If you have an opinion on something based on facts, that's not an opinion. That's perspective! Don't mistake the two. They are different. It takes actual positive force and work to create perspective because no one hands you knowledge, you must earn it while any Tom, Dick or Harry sitting on his couch can have unlimited opinions about an unlimited number of things without lifting a finger!
Edited by MelloYello, 20 July 2012 - 01:22 PM.