Posted by Beth on July 08, 1997 at 01:01:20:
In reply to EVERYONE please read this! posted by Caroline on July 07, 1997 at 13:22:53
] My main concern here is that we differentiate between wild guesses, Things- I -read -somewhere, and quoted facts. I think if we do not do this, we are in danger of building up a bank of "information" which is a mixture of half-truths and suppositions that no serious historian coming across our board will allow to pass without derogatory comment.
Excellent points, Caroline! However, I am guessing that we have many individuals who are well versed in particular areas and who are not imparting "passed on" information, but information acquired through extensive study.
For example, I really enjoyed your commentary regarding building styles and materials some time back. I wouldn't expect you to cite sources as I feel comfortable with your level of knowledge in that particular area. Is there some way of identifying information that isn't of the guess/hearsay/conjecture variety?
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