Originally Posted by Xelebes
How would the official number be superior to the reports of whatever someone is experiencing when it comes to conversations? That is, other than holding a horse race with the thermometer.
They would be better because terms like hot, warm, cool, cold, etc. are totally subjective and can vary wildly from person-to-person, location-to-location, and season-to-season. It's great to encourage people to post descriptions, pictures, etc. but those things are much better and more meaningful if they're also accompanied by relevant numbers.
Why not just delete posts and/or threaten users with a ban if they get off-topic with a big argument? Banning numbers, statistics, and climate data altogether seems like total overkill... especially since people can still argue pointlessly about weather/climate without supporting data.