Tired of Strong Opinions Weakly Held
Strong opinions weakly held is a common conversational / debating approach within IT. Basically you defend your opinion until someone disproves it, at which time you adopt the more correct opinion. This approach works well in IT where allotted time for debates are limited and the cumulative knowledge of the team outweighs the individual. This approach doesn’t work as well in the real world. Using this technique with unsuspecting civilians (especially new acquaintances) can results in the victim thinking you’re a) high strung, b) psychotic, c) egotistical, d) possibly a jerk. Actually, this approach can get tiresome in the IT realm too.