- Aug 19, 2016
One thing that I have noticed that is very relevant on forums, is that ignorance breeds confidence. What I mean by that, is someone who knows little to nothing about a particular subject will often be much more confident about their "knowledge" than an expert in that particular subject. In psychology, this is known as the Dunning-Kruger effect. People with low ability assess their own ability as being much higher than it is in reality. This is something that I think most people have done, including myself, but the real question is, what do you do when you have a member who knows nothing about a particular subject, yet their confidence and illusory superiority is preventing them from being able to learn about said subject? Members like that will often cause problems, as they will continue to post misinformation, and when inevitably confronted about it, they will continue to defend their false position, even when proven wrong. As an admin, what do you do when situations like that arise?