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Are we all too trusting of what we read here believing everyone does thorough research?
I'm sure that most of us do our very best to gather our research from reliable sources but are some folks just repeating the rubbish posted in other articles around the web by other "Non-Experts?" A few of the things I've read here recently I KNEW to be incorrect, leading people astray & I just hope that those readers seeking facts aren't always hanging their hat on what they see on HP or any content sites. When encouraged to write many hubs in a short period of time, there's certain to be a higher rate of inaccurate info unless the hub is of the writer's own experience. Is 30 in 30 2-much?
Yeah. I think so. Besides most of the responses are biased. Doesn't help the decision any.
I do think people need to be cautious about what they believe, but that applies even to stuff presented by SOME experts. I've seen material presented by experts/authorities that either misses something important or presents something misleading. Of course, on a site like this there's a whole lot more bad information than one authority sites in general.
There's a problem, though, that, to me, seems like it may have gotten worse with the "new" emphasis on "first-person writing being crap". I specifically limit my subjects to only those in which I have read, researched or experienced first hand in the past. I stay away from the whole world of other subjects because I only have enough time (and only want to spend enough time) writing from what I know. I'm very careful about what I'll call "knowing", and I make sure that if I present something as fact it can easily be backed up I'm asked to, or anyone else wants to check for himself. I've been writing and researching for over thirty five years. There are a few subjects in which I have quite a bit of experience. I'm someone who reads when I run into something in my personal life and someone who reads just out of interest in those subjects I care about. I'm not young, and I've had a whole lot of things (good and bad) happen in my life a whole lot more than some of the same things ever happen in a lot of people's lives.
BUT, when I write a Hub I often write a first-hand thing because I want to make it very clear that I'm writing from my experience/learning - not from research done specifically for the Hub. People can decide if they only want "expert" or want something different. What I often see these days, though, is people writing from personal opinion/experience but maybe being too afraid to write in first person. As a result, they'll write stuff that one would know no expert would ever say. These days a lot of stuff implies "expert", and without it being (at least in some places) in first-person it seems like the author is being a little deceitful.
It's really important for a person to know his subject, or at least know research sources, well enough to be able to recognize what's solid and what may not be. Experienced writers know how to find the legitimate resources. People with little writing experience and/or no interest in the subject aren't as skilled at finding the most reliable sources.
I don't see much value in regurgitated info unless it's really in-depth and complete.
I'm sure that does happen and I don't see the point in writing 30 in 30. I'd rather take my time and produce decent stuff.
I've seen hubs that haven't been well researched and I've read some that are obviously straight off the net. There are many people who do believe just about anything written here, in papers, wherever. We owe our readers honesty and integrity and therefore all our hubs should be researched thoroughly. I tend to stick to what I already know; it's a lot easier (yes, I'm lazy!). If you acknowledge it's purely your own experience, apart from good professional facts, then people can take you as you are and weigh up your advice/expertise. Good question.
As with anything else, unless something is cited and referenced, just read it as opinion and do your own research to verify the facts. The articles that I write are purely based on my own experience and research, and I have written them in good faith, however I wouldn't expect others to use my guides 'as is' because they would need to adapt them to their own needs and circumstances.
HubPages is not an encyclopedia. I think Hunter S. Thompson gave us at least a glimpse of what journalism can be like when it isn't dull, rigid and overly objective.
Writing is also about creating, provoking stimuli and entertaining readers. Not just about information.
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