There is a ton of truth in this.
I find the discussion on all internet forums useful even if it is repetitive, based on personal prejudices and predisposition to a brand and often a crutch to support somebodies insecurities about the gear they are buying; there is still a lot of experience that we can draw from and even if it isn't something we agree with. It's one of the reasons that I don't necessarily advocate pointing people to the search feature.
To quote Lord Percy "with learned discourse we rise above the savage and come closer to God".
I think that in any community there is a convention of favouring a particular brand or doctrine. I was talking to a guy who works as a recording engineer for one of the larger studios. We were talking about amps and guitars a lot and I was advocating Bare Knuckles. His thoughts (from what he was told) were that they were no good, and he wanted to know technically why I thought they were better. After some discussion we plugged in an amp and A/B'd some guitars of different types with different pickups. The difference in the clarity of the strings and harmonics was palpable and obvious with the Bare Knuckles being the clear winner. It doesn't necessarily mean that they would be better for studio use but my point is this: even in the recording industry with very experienced and successful producers and engineers there is a "received wisdom" that x is better than y, without explaining why (pun intended).
So, my attitude is this: I don't listen to or take any significant notice of anyone else's opinion (I don't mean offence by this) but I do consider very carefully the qualitative and quantitative and above all qualified observations when I am informing my decisions.
...... and yes, Soldanos are the best thing ever
At the risk of becoming a mutal appreciation society, I think there are some excellent points here.
Firstly, the search function is an excellent feature, but it can have the propsensity to bring up threads that are 4 or 5 years old and don't always reflect current thinking on a product. I remember, way back when, when the PAF Pro were considered the go-to high gain pickup, either that of the Duncan JB. Then EMG were all the rage. then the DiMarzio Tone Zone was the one to go for and so on. All those pickups are now 20 years old or so and things have moved on since then. music has moved on since then and the forumites have (mostly) moved on since then... Sometimes it's good to get a fresh perspective.
Secondly, your point about the "received wisdom" is also particularly salient. Especially when it comes to internet forums. Often those with the most spare time and biggest sense of self importance post most often and most vocally. These are the guys who's opinions you'll see all over the various forums. Often copying the same post across several message boards, be it under the same or different usernames. However, these guys might not know the most about the gear they're playing or guitars in general.
The internet is a good thing to point you in the right direction, but everyone owes it to themselves to actually go and check things out, unless they're literally buying it to look at and keep in its case.
In fact don't look at it, don't even open the case. Don't even open the shipping box, then yours will be in the best condition possible!!!