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No DUplicitous DUpe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-28-09 09:51 AM
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Internet rules and laws: the top 10, from Godwin to Poe
10. The Law of Exclamation
First recorded in an article by Lori Robertson at FactCheck.org in 2008, this states: "The more exclamation points used in an email (or other posting), the more likely it is a complete lie. This is also true for excessive capital letters."

It is reminiscent of the claim in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels that the more exclamation marks someone uses in writing, the more likely they are to be mentally unbalanced.

According to Pratchett, five exclamation marks is an indicator of "someone who wears their underwear on the outside".

Check out the other 9 at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/6408927/Inte...

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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-28-09 10:07 AM
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1. The comments are better than the article.
And there's lots of them. Here's one:

Buelligan's Law:

As soon as an web article appears listing internet laws everyone adds their own underneath.


:D
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No DUplicitous DUpe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-28-09 10:12 AM
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3. I didn't scroll down far enough to see them, but you're right...
I like this one, too:

Myers' Axiom: You can't use reason to talk someone out of a position they didn't use reason to arrive at.

Ain't that the truth.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-28-09 10:10 AM
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2. !!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-28-09 10:21 AM
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4. If you have to insist that you've won an internet argument, you've probably lost badly.
6. Danths Law
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-28-09 10:52 AM
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9. That's On My List, Too
You know someone's really desperate when they resort to "I destroyed your argument!" type shit.
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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-28-09 11:04 AM
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10. Usually accompanied by a deluge of name-calling, and framing one's view as "whining," or "crazy."
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No DUplicitous DUpe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-28-09 10:25 AM
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5. The law of no response:
Anyone who posts a response that starts with "Your post deserves no response" will immediately begin posting a lengthy response.
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No DUplicitous DUpe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-28-09 10:28 AM
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6. I like this one, from the comments...
When there is a discussion about some geeky topic, no matter how badly the participants need to get a life, there will always be someone who needs to get a life even more badly, because they will take the time to read the entire discussion in order to point out that the participants need to get a life.
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Jim__ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-28-09 10:37 AM
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7. I enjoyed Lenski's putdown of A Schlafly.
Edited on Wed Oct-28-09 10:38 AM by Jim__
I've seen it before, but I enjoyed re-reading it.
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snooper2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-28-09 10:41 AM
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8. NO PLANE HIT THE PENTAGON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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