Trust

Trust on Goodpoint is when factual information is obtained from others. The following is a general description. Each user may have their own specific interpretation.

For somehow this is tyranny's disease, to trust no friends.

—Aeschylus

What does it mean to obtain factual information from others?

On Goodpoint, obtaining factual information from others simply means relying on their observations as they are conveyed. The source can be someone you know personally, someone you don't know but whose reputation you are familiar with, someone whose affiliation with an organization makes them credible (e.g., a journalist) or someone you don't know at all but still choose to value the information based on the situation.

Relying on information can also refer to when it is obtained from more than one person. For example, it may be several people that are presenting the facts as a group, such as when there are several journalists of an article. It can even mean relying on sources that are unknown, such as when a company or other type of organization publishes information, or when it is conveyed anonymously.

What about untrustworthy information?

Observations from others can be faulty for many reasons. For example, the person who observed it could have been mistaken or deceived. The person may also deliberately be trying to deceive others by conveying false information. Or, there might have been a mistake in the communication of the information.

Similar to firsthand observations, trust is not nearly perfect but can still be useful.

Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them.

—Immanuel Kant