Except when it is not.You'll forgive me, Sully, if I don't count your praise among the things that can be relied upon.
There is nothing to forgive. I'm no sycophant. Surely you, of all people, can appreciate someone who gives their opinions honestly and in a straight-forward manner. Besides, if all I did was tell you how great you were, you would be suspicious of my intentions.
“Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise.”- Marcus Aurelius
Now there's a lovely bit of obfuscation if ever I saw one. Seeing as I make no claims to making your article any better simply by pointing out in a blogpost that I liked it, you'll forgive me if I fail to see the relevance of that quote by the Roman Emperor.