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Mon Mar 5, 2012, 05:36 PM

Internet rules and laws: the top 10, from Godwin to Poe

An old article from 2009 but still a goodie

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/6408927/Internet-rules-and-laws-the-top-10-from-Godwin-to-Poe.html

1. Godwin’s Law

The most famous of all the internet laws, formed by Mike Godwin in 1990. As originally stated, it said: "As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1." It has now been expanded to include all web discussions.

It is closely related to the logical fallacy “reductio ad Hitlerum”, which says “Hitler (or the Nazis) liked X, so X is bad”, frequently used to denigrate vegetarians and atheists.

Common Godwin's Law appearances include describing women's rights campaigners as “feminazis”, comparing the former US President George W Bush to Hitler, or saying Barack Obama's proposed healthcare reforms are the new Holocaust.

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More at link above, enjoy !

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steve2470 Mar 2012 OP
longship Mar 2012 #1
Drale Mar 2012 #2
malthaussen Mar 2012 #3
Hatchling Mar 2012 #4
malthaussen Mar 2012 #5
Confusious Mar 2012 #6
Leftist Agitator Mar 2012 #7
Iggo Mar 2012 #8
Volaris Mar 2012 #9

Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Mon Mar 5, 2012, 05:39 PM

1. R&K


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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Mon Mar 5, 2012, 05:53 PM

2. The true rules of the internet

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Mon Mar 5, 2012, 06:14 PM

3. Well, hell, I just learned something.

I always thought "begs the question" meant to beg off the question -- ie, refuse to address it because one has no suitable retort. Puts me among the ignoramii, I guess.

-- Mal

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Mon Mar 5, 2012, 06:27 PM

4. I love this one!

DeMyer's Second Law of Internet Debating states:
Anyone who posts an argument on the internet which is largely quotations, can be very safely ignored and is deemed to have lost the argument before it has begun.

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Response to Hatchling (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 5, 2012, 06:36 PM

5. Good thing for Aquinas he's dead.

He'd fail by that rule.

-- Mal

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Mon Mar 5, 2012, 06:39 PM

6. and.... I've seen every example on DU


The "declaring yourself the winner" one a few weeks ago. I knew there was something wrong with the other person declaring themselves the winner of the debate, but I just couldn't put my finger on it.

( Oh, except for #5, I always get there late and the mess has already been cleaned up )

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Mon Mar 5, 2012, 07:28 PM

7. To be fair...

 

Both Adolf Hitler and George Bush did instigate aggressive wars against innocent nations based on a pack of lies.

In that sense, the comparison is completely valid.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Mon Mar 5, 2012, 08:38 PM

8. I DON'T WEAR MY UNDERWEAR ON THE OUTSIDE!!!!!

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Response to Iggo (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 5, 2012, 09:12 PM

9. HAHAHA...YOU, Sir, are a dirty liar. (but well-played)

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