Doing good design work means knowing how to take break, to reduce commitments, to check your email less, sign off, which optimizes your capacity for your craft with respect your real commitments to yourself, your friends, your family. Facilitating good design work is about creating opportunities that cultivate this logic.
It’s certainly possible for research performed by novices to do more harm than good. But we should remember that validity is about whether research is conducted in a reliable, deliberate, nonbiased way, not who does the research.
So, choose a day each month — the 9th, let’s say — to spend just 30 minutes venerating the grave UX. You will revisit only negative feedback. If you are provoked to make a design change, run an experiment, or perform more user studies, then so the better.
Today, I only debate in person. Anything else is pointless, because it is too easy to walk away. I make sure we’re pulling from the same dictionary, and I make sure we’re aligned on the same goal, and not about making sure the other person converts to their side. (Warning: This does not work with Mormon missionaries.)