Discussions can be come highly charged at times and it is easy for some of us to accuse someone of intellectual dishonesty. If I say someone misunderstands the data (and I mean it), that’s okay. If I say someone is misrepresenting the data, it’s a close call; it goes to intent but it is probably a good idea to avoid such language. If I say someone is manipulating the data that is an accusation, plain and simple. If I’m going to accuase someone, I have to be able to prove it.
I discarded such a comment this morning. Please don’t say that someone is “trying to manipulate the data.”
There have been some recent comments that I perhaps should have edited or discarded. I don’t like to do so, however. So I’m asking everyone to think carefully about how comments are worded to avoid inappropriate accusations.