Re: camisadelgolf's 10 Tips to Get Elected into tORG
Great comments throughout. My word of advice: avoid over-generalizing and/or exaggerating unless for comedic effect. In the process of formulating an argument, one often finds himself scrambling to add weight to his claim -- often as a result of how passionately he feels about it. (e.g. Adam Dunn ALWAYS strikes out in clutch situations)
Unfortunately, statements such as this actually detract from the point being made. They plainly aren't true on the face of it, so the argument is no more convincing. And often, they lead to a side debate that isn't particularly germane.
Really, this is a corollary to point #8 above. If you are going to make assertions, use facts. If you want to make a claim that somebody does something "all the time" or "too much" do everybody a favor (including yourself) and find out the actual number.
On more than one occasion, I've had the following experience. I found myself ready to post some rant containing an exaggerated assertion after I read a bad article or witness another Dusty Baker Strategerific moment. Upon taking that deep breath before hitting submit (or sometimes after rereading what I've already posted), I decided to spend 5 minutes and find the data to back it up. When I found the data, it turns out that my assertion actually wasn't supported by the data. I had let my bias get the better of me.
So, at minimum, don't exaggerate in the course of making a serious argument. At best, be explicit by finding the precise measure you're citing in generic language.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.