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How often do you express that you have changed your position within a thread, a debate, anywhere?

Asked by flo (12494points) November 23rd, 2010

Or do you stick to your position, because you think changing your mind is “flip flopping”?

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janbb's avatar

If I’ve changed my mind, I will acknowledge it.

flutherkiller's avatar

I don’t typically announce when I change my position. Mostly because I don’t want some douche bag to say a smart remark like ” I told you so”. Also because I look like a flip flopper.

Mikewlf337's avatar

I don’t usually change my position. I have had some heated debates on here because of it.

Blondesjon's avatar

I believe I’ve stated here before that I’m wrong at least fifteen times a day.

The only thing wrong with being wrong is letting it sting your ego so much.

gorillapaws's avatar

To me flip-flopping is when you don’t actually have a belief in a position (or lie about your actual position to others) and simply pander to the prevailing belief at the time, changing it with popular sentiment.

Changing you mind and admitting fault when you’ve been proven wrong with evidence is a sign of intelligence and maturity. I gain a lot of respect for someone if they’re willing to admit their original position was demonstrably wrong in the face of evidence/facts, and loose a lot more for people who believe things that have been proven false just so they don’t have to admit to themselves that they may have been wrong about something.

squirbel's avatar

If I change my position as a result of someone else’s post, I acknowledge who and why. But typically I don’t get involved in posts where I don’t have any wisdom or experience to share.

Seaofclouds's avatar

If I changed my opinion, I would admit it. It would be a big deal if it were to happen on some of the things I have strong feelings about.

The_Inquisitor's avatar

I guess I’m a flip flopper. lol.
But really, I’d most likely say if my mind is changed. I can’t really remember a specific time though.

wundayatta's avatar

Probably about once in ten answers that are arguable. That doesn’t count story-telling questions. Usually it’s because I was sloppy. But I always acknowledge it if I think their objection is supported by the evidence.

YARNLADY's avatar

It’s happened several times, when I have received new information. If it’s just a matter of opinion, I hardly ever change.

Paradox's avatar

I try to avoid commenting on topics/issues I know very little of and when I do occasionally I am open about my lack of knowledge on a particular subject but I only rarely try to answer these types of questions. When it comes to a long held belief or hypothesis however on a subject where I’ve spent alot of time investigating or whether through personal experience unless something new comes along I can’t say I’ve ever changed my mind on a topic in those circumstances.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I don’t think I have ever completely changed my mind during a thread or debate (here or elsewhere) but I have often understood the other point of view more than I did before the discussion and I have been know to acknowledge that.

Cruiser's avatar

I almost never do, but when I have it was because I misunderstood the OP or debate changed the course of the discussion.

flo's avatar

Thank you all. It is good to know.

flo's avatar

How do I get all the people who answered me in my “people you are following” in one shot, and then remove the people who just fool around (there are none here) later?

fundevogel's avatar

I shift position sometimes, though I don’t think I’ve ever done a one-eighty by the end of a debate. Honestly, that’s really because I don’t enter into debate unless I’ve already put a lot of the thought into the subject. If the other side introduces things that I can’t account for my M.O. is to admit my ignorance and look into to the new information on my own time to see if it is grounds to update my position. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. I’m of the opinion that the only ideas worth keeping are the ones that can withstand challenge, so I’m certainly not going to hold onto a compromised position out of some sort of misplaced pride.

I like to be right, but I don’t have a problem admitting I’m wrong, especially when it means I’m more likely to be right later. It’s an investment really. It’s very good for my pride in the long run.

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