Saturday, September 27, 2014

Mr. Cunningham

New to me concept.

Cunningham's Law:   “The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, but to post the wrong answer.

I wonder how true that is Mr. C.  Ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy...

So if I want to know something I just have to blog about it and say, "There one thing about the Blastomatic 5000 that is entirely true is Xxxx" and put down something I know is wrong and wait for the correct Yyyy answer in the comments.

Sounds too risky to me.

And I don't think the Law has anything to do with Happy Days, however.  Yeah.


Old NFO said...

LOL, and then the arguments would start and eat all the bandwidth...

Arthur said...

The problem lies in the fact that there are so many wrong answers and so few right ones.

Crowdsourced answers would be the same as online reviews. You'd have to look at the general trend of the answers, toss out the obvious "I LOVE/HATE *whatever* for purely personal reasons" answers and take the average.

That works pretty well for reviews, but for answers to specific questions probably not so much.