Are we, the CN community, helping or confusing beginners who are asking what scope to buy, people seeking mount, eyepiece, camera, software advice?
Reading through many post on several topics where advice is sought, the good intentioned information overload becomes overwhelming, and at times far beyond what is useful in the scope/context of the question asked.
Various forms of Bias regularly appear in such advice needed threads, whether it be brand loyalty, design preference, technology used, observering techniques prefered. i.e. “Get a 8in Dob”, “Get a 80mm Refractor”, “Collimation is too hard”, “1sec/pixel or else”, “>5 Min is not EAA”, ect ad nauseum.
Speaking for myself, Im always happy to provide a good review of equipment, software I own or have used that works well for me. After all, its something Ive had first hand experience with...Thing is, my user experience is subjective and is nothing more than an opinion. When adding my 2cents, it just floats out there with all the other opinions, usually all lacking any type of quantitative supporting data.
In moments of self reflection on the appropriateness of how my opinion relates to the scope of the question or discussion, I find that im also guilty of presuming too much, as in the users experience and future desire for upgrades, hobby budget, progression in hobby will somehow mirror my own experience and aspirations. This is obviously not a good assumption.
There is certainly a great wealth of advice, user experiences, opinions, objective data to be found in CN forums. So much so that nearly any search on any topic will result in numerous
threads. While each thread usually has merit and adds to the body of knowledge, not all topics reach a plurality of conclusion.
This already has turned into a wall of text, TLDR post.