Originally Posted by curttard
What do you apply that judgement to if you don't want measurements or recommendations of a different screen?
Personally, I'm not against measurements at all.
In fact, I have the rather dubious honor of being among the first who introduced the use of actual measurements of DIY screens on this Forum nearly ten years ago. But be it measurements or personal claims, I'd first consider the credibility of the source. This could involve review of prior posts, comparison of screenshots, personal experimentation, or just plain gut reaction to the tone of the recommendations.
What I am against is the battle that often appears in this section
, namely "science" vs "subjective". Honestly, I am in both camps. (If you don't believe it, check my posting history!) I know that measurements are useful for comparison, and I equally know that they are not the end-all for screen satisfaction. Most troubling in this battle is the "prove it" stance taken by many in the "science" camp. This is often stated in the form of "You may have the best screen ever, but if you can't "prove" it with measurements, you're not allowed to post here!"
If this is the gist of anyone's post, you can count on me to delete it.
But, you say, what about those members who make wild claims
about their screens, with no "science" to "prove it"? Well, you're free to agree, disagree, try it yourself, or ignore it. Many members here are quite enthusiastic about their screens and methods, and personally I have no issue with that. If I think they're nuts, I feel no obligation to tell them so as long as they're civil. And if I really do believe they're nutty, what good would it do? "But they're leading everyone astray, and it's my duty to set things straight so no one will be suckered into their wild claims!"
Ah, WRONG! If this is your "goal", bear in mind that all you're really doing is calling them (and those who choose to listen to them) stupid. And again, if you really believe that, why bother?
Granted, it's an easy trap to fall into. I've certainly been guilty of it myself on occasion. "Honey, I can't come to supper now because someone on the internet is WRONG!"
Enthusiasm is good, dedication is good, concern for others is good. But demanding "proof" is not good, and is in fact impossible. If you're wound up enough to demand proof, it's unlikely you would accept it anyway.
The bottom line is this:
Treat other members with respect, regardless of how crazy you think they are. Traditionally, everyone in this little corner of the Forum has a crazy element of some sort, it may even be a requirement. But practice diplomacy, agree to disagree, and we'll all get along.