The internet, and the world, is a big place and we’re all guilty of taking (and giving) bad advice.
To get a bit nerdy, it boils down to accurate information and data clusters. Let me explain;
1) There are two types of experience: personal and observable.
2) There are a few types of opinions: ones with no experience, ones with differing degrees of personal experience, and ones with differing degrees of observed experience.
Some opinions are greater than others. Your local pawn shop and gunsmith dudes opinion is greater than the guy on the street that shoots a couple times a year, but a person who was a door kicker with multiple deployments and now trains over a thousand people a year comes out on top.
Now you can better select who to listen to and who’s opinion weighs more, but what about the cluster data?
Since the US has been at war for over a decade, we have many warfighters that have become efficient at their trade and relay that experience to the public. However; experiences vary and this is where “data points” come in.
What do they agree on?
If you find experts in their fields and 90% agree on a brand, an item, or a method of doing something, you’d be good to listen. If 25-50% agree on something, it’s probably a good rule of thumb or an option. If only one of them is saying it, take it into consideration and see if it fits in to your purpose for doing X.
However; If one expert has an opinion and all other experts are against it… its probably a crap opinion, be hesitant to follow it. I’ll post a pic below for a visual.
See my post on purpose and mission, it should help to select what you're listening for. https://www.mymilitia.com/blogs/entry/36-mission-purpose-asking-questions/
There are so many trends that people waste money on, I’d like to help that learning curve.
There are people out there willing to bet their life on crap that someone said was good (but wasn't), I’d like to save your life.
“lifetime warranty” isn’t any good if you’re dead.