In awe of posters
This post was prompted after reading the earlier Heineken thread. The original poster seemed to be in awe of the level of expertise exhibited by so many chowhounds. The poster felt that he was hobnobbing mostly with food professsionals on this site and was somewhat hesitant to express a contrary opinion.
My feelings have been rather to the contrary. I have been an organic farmer and chef for 25 years and am constantly amazed at the breadth of the opinion spectrum I find on this site. On subjects that I am particularly knowledgeable on I am sometimes flabbergasted to read the disparate kinds of contrary opinions that are being passed of as factual information.I enjoy reading peoples opinions but they must be taken with a grain of salt. If someone likes Heineken does it really matter what any one else thinks. I live in a very rural area and so enjoy being a member of the chowhound community. The variety of opinions expressed here is lots of fun.I hope no one out there is too intimidated to join in a discussion for fear of being in over their head. Any one's opinion is as valid as any one else's. Just be aware that opinions do not always equate with facts. I hope I have not offended anyone.
Amen, eman. I think it is a problem of society in general that people who hold strong opinions tend to communicate them as facts (or at least wrongly assume that the listener/reader implicitly understands that they are just opinions). Since I joined the chowhound.com community, that has been one of my pet peeves here, at least in regard to "deliciousness". A few people have posted comments to that effect, expressing concern about "snobbery", which has led to some interesting threads about a Chowhound's mission.
And of course I agree with you. No one should be too shy to post their opinions, contrary to the majority or not. It is the mass of knowledge and opinion available in cyber-communities that makes sites like these so wonderful. And after reading lots of evidence (factual and otherwise), it is left to the readers to decide for themselves what they think.
You said: "On subjects that I am particularly knowledgeable on I am sometimes flabbergasted to read the disparate kinds of contrary opinions that are being passed of as factual information."
I certainly hope that in these instances, you pipe up to share your knowledge.
Just joining the chorus to reiterate that I hope you do feel free to speak up when you disagree with a poster here, even a grizzled veteran.
If you would care to do so, I'd love it if you could start a new thread about how a Chowhound copes in a rural setting? Do you have to cook most/all of the delicious food you eat? Can a small town support a good restaurant? Do you travel long distances to eat out or shop for ingredients, or do you tend to specialize in what is near?