Trust, but Verify (from Wikipedia) was a signature phrase of Ronald Reagan. He used it in public, although he was not the first person known to use it. When Reagan used this phrase, he was usually discussing relations with the Soviet Union and he almost always presented it as a translation of the Russian proverb “doveriai, no proveriai” (Russian: Ãâ€ÃÂ¾ÃÂ²ÃÂµÃ‘â‚¬Ã‘ÂÃÂ¹, ÃÂ½ÃÂ¾ ÃÂ¿Ã‘â‚¬ÃÂ¾ÃÂ²ÃÂµÃ‘â‚¬Ã‘ÂÃÂ¹). At the signing of the INF Treaty he used it again and his counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev responded: “You repeat this phrase every time we meet.”
Over the weekend, I issued a challenge to Matt Cunningham of Red County/OCBlog among other bloggers Show Me The Numbers!, to verifiably report their traffic numbers so that we could all see how we all were doing.Ã‚Â In addition to stating that the numbers were their (Red County’s) business he said in response; “if you think IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m lying about our traffic, why donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you just say so?”
Matt Cunningham has claimed in at least two of his posts that the Orange County Human Relations Commission Executive Direcctor earns a salary of $131,000 a year.Ã‚Â Well, knowing a little about the salary scales in the County of Orange I thought the figure was a bit high.Ã‚Â In a conversation with Rusty Kennedy the other day he mentioned that he did not make that kind of money.Ã‚Â So I asked a simple question, what is your County Job Classification?Ã‚Â It turns out his classification is Administrative Manager II.Ã‚Â The maximum salary level for this classification HEREÃ‚Â is just under $111,000.Ã‚Â Like most County managers, Kennedy does not earn a salary near the top of the scale. So while I trust that Matt Cunningham would get his information straight, I verified and found out that he got it wrong.
ButÃ‚Â back to the issue of posting web stats on your blog when you claim to have 15,000 plus visitors every week.Ã‚Â Matt, I have no reason to not believe you but, based upon past experience, I will borrow from the “Gipper” and say…
Matt, I trust that you have good numbers but it would help if they could be verified.