This is not intended to create a flame war.
I am deeply concerned about the blatant misinformation being written by
a small group of wRECkers. There is nothing more dangerous than bad
Many here have genuine questions which should only be answered by
Many answers are the right ones.
A few are downright wrong and dangerous.
How does the uninitiated know the difference?
That's right... they don't.
That makes it a double-dangerous situation:
A) The person with the question doesn't have a clue otherwise the
question wouldn't be asked in here.
B) That person who then gets an answer doesn't have a clue on the
accuracy of such a reply running the risk of burning down the house with
the cat in it, or blowing off a finger, doing irreparable damage to an
expensive motor, or worse, causing death.
ALL of those things are bad.
If you ask me (okay, you didn't), I'd prefer that newsgroups leave it up to
the individual's own judgement on whether they should rely on information
they get in the group. (And whether they should even attempt certain
repairs/tasks themselves rather than hire a professional). We all have to do
that in our "real" life, don't we? It could just as easily be your fishin'
buddy, work colleague, or next door neighbor who tells you that you can't be
electrocuted with 120VAC. In any case, we all need to use our own judgement
about what advice we take, and we're all responsible for our actions.
The alternative, it would seem to me, would be something like alt.hvac where
it's tough to get any advice from the group. Not very helpful to be told
"call your local contractor".
You mean along the line of the "Circular saw won't ground, safe?" thread
that I finally broke down and put 2 cents in to try and get a bit of
realism to the discussion.
I agree with you fully! My back ground does not take me into industrial
areas and I will keep quiet on topics I don't have detailed and thorough
The referenced thread with sticking fingers in light sockets and needing
at least 100mA to kill was really getting me concerned. Thanks for
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