In short, the rumor came from a site that regularly reports anything that is floating around the web, without any links to said rumor, and is rarely correct.
So it had me thinking about how we deal with all the information that floats around the net and how BleacherNation plays in this market.
I see BleacherNation as THE premier independent site for Cubs news and rumors. Brett has created a site that carefully and ethically reports the information he has heard and then craft wonderful commentary about that information. However there are many sites that are just dreaming of being as connected as BleacherNation has become, but it does not mean that these sites have no value.
Each site has its own purpose and place and what I love about BleacherNation is that it has become a place where those reports can be discussed and eventually even dismissed. I like that posters want to report what they are reading on other sites and then then we fellow posters can use our network to confirm, deny, and discuss the report, but there are some basic guidelines that can be used when shuffling through the interweb looking at Cub sites.
- Sites that don't link their reports to other news sites or aren't connected to major news sites should not be trusted or at least read with educated caution
- A site that just list rumors without discussing the merits of that rumor are suspect. Anyone can collect information, but it is the commentary of that information that makes a site useful and builds discussion.
- Information that sounds amazing or too good to be true and is not reported by any other site should not be believed.
- A independent site with an administrator that does not reply to your inquiries means that the administrator does not have anything else to report.
NOTE: I am not bashing any site here and believe they all have a purpose, but wanted to start a discussion about how we use the web to inform us about Cubs news and information.
Basically I'm curious how everyone navigates through the murk of the internet and especially the plethora of sports new and rumor sites.