I know 3 or 4 people who believed:
- You don't need to click "remove" before removing a USB stick. And that will not damage the USB stick.
- You should plug in the USB stick again after copying files to it, and checks if the files are already there. Sometimes things goes wrong and the files are lost.
...without realizing not clicking "remove" is the cause of losing files.
I thought this might be their reasoning:
- There are softwares lying to people or obfuscating things to people, such as some security warnings. There are things that very few people cares, such as to read the licenses carefully. And there are informations seemed to be outdated, such as to turn on the monitor first. In any case, what the program says can't be always trusted.
- They accidentally removed the USB stick before doing that once, and found nothing wrong in it. They tried again and again and nothing happens. So they believed that's very likely to be unnecessary.
- Long after that, They lost some files taken from elsewhere for unknown reasons. They thought, the only way to make exactly sure the files are there is to check the files after copying.
What's wrong with their reasoning, or are they wrong at all? To me it is obviously wrong, but how to describe or name this fallacy?
I remembered this related post on WorldBuilding: https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/a/19366/8578