The wonders of the computer age continue to amaze us. Much of what is purportedly new commands only scant interest, as we zap through inter-space. Sometimes, however, something worthwhile catches the eye and we read attentively. Not too long ago, we downloaded the following thread from the H-LATAM discussion list. The discussion that is reprinted below deals with the perennial question plaguing historians: how to find the right combination of facts and theory. We hope that our readers will enlighten themselves with this lively debate.