There is a recurrent meme of legal matters being ostensibly too important to entrust to the advice of “anonymous people on the internet”. Yet many of these people may or may not be elite legal minds some with professional education credentials others not.
And who can deny that it really helps the research process by offering a stating point, especially when answers are referenced to authorities.
Furthermore stack exchange traces its heritage to internet and particularly wiki culture wherein credentialism is frowned upon and ideas are judged on their own merit and convincing ness rather than their source.
Great software giants including Google were built on similar cultural principles and regardless the whole premise of our community is the power of individuals sharing relevant knowledge with each other in response to one another’s questions.
Does the “random strangers on the internet” meme have any placeplace on stack exchange?
Comment thread: This random people on the internet meme is so fallacious and tiresome. It’s as though credentialed professionals can’t take advantage of you without helping, or can’t be inferior alone to the manifold more formidable online hive mind, or take one’s money and be useless, or not mislead one due to a conflict of interest, – Seeking answers 1 min ago Edit Delete or because of their ego and not wanting to admit ignorance, or being lazy and wanting to get rid of you because it doesn’t fit their business model in a readily apparent open and closed way, and as though they somehow immediately and automatically get smitten by disciplinary procedures for the above by an omniscient and omnipotent disciplinary trade body or as though online pseudonymous users cannot gain credibility through the inbuilt restoration system or through users developing organic familiarity – Seeking answers 29 secs ago Edit Delete with their eruditions over time and in any event, and perhaps most importantly, as though pseudonymous users’ contributions cannot be corroborated from authoritative sources. Some people like myself simply have a very Socratic/didactic learning style and meanwhile some information just lends itself better to being found by soliciting it from the hive mind than by cumbersomely scouring labyrinthine authoritative reference sources. – Seeking answers 5 secs ago Edit Delete The superior reliability of professionally dispense advice is as far as I’m concerned though admittedly subject to the caveats noted above a legal fiction decided to serve a mixture of protectionist rent seeking raqueteering and the perhaps somewhat genuinely well intentioned need for consumer protection recourses through professional disciplinary trade bodies, notwithstanding that these regulatory recourses are in many major jurisdictions and for the most part in practice seemingly to me entirely impractical or prohibitively arcane and expensive to navigate. – Seeking answers just now