Cunningham’s Law

It states, “the best way to get the right answer on the internet is not to ask a question; it’s to post the wrong answer.” The concept is named after Howard G. “Ward” Cunningham, the inventor of wiki software.

Interestingly enough, Cunningham denies ownership of the law, but according to Steven McGeady, Cunningham advised him of this on a whim in the early 1980s, and McGeady dubbed this Cunningham’s Law.

The central idea of this law is proven repeatedly on the internet. You can test it out for yourself, but as a blog writer, I assure you it is true. I am notified of any mistakes quickly and, usually, repeatedly.    

Whether online or in person, remember that people are usually not looking for a correction. Instead, they are looking for people to support them. So, while you may have the correct answer, and the information should be shared, be sure it is done in a loving and supportive way. 


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