Attack the argument, not the person who holds it.
Well, if you think about it, that doesn't help one bit and people like eloquence and trhurler to a certain degree build on that. There thesis is absolute, which doesn't allow any counter argument to be valid.
Refrain from name-calling or flaming. If you want people to respect you, you have to respect them too.
That is a nice try. But actually, I really don't want the respect of people who use methods like trhurler and eloquence. I mean that would just prove how low I would have sunk .
Accept that the opinions of others will be different from yours and that they may have valid reasons for
thinking differently. If they're wrong, you'll just have to talk them around.
Well and if you think their reasons are not valid but calculated hoaxes. Why should I talk around it ? All you are suggesting is to leave those guys alone and ignore them and engage in double talk? You think that's responsible ?
Stay calm. Your passion and conviction aren't conveyed well by a text medium, so logical arguments are much
more effective than appealing to emotion.
Listen, if someone is up to something outrageous, I dare don't stay calm, either I leave or I don't. And if I don't I don't stay calm. Just why ? To give them their playing grounds all for themselves ? I don't think that's a good idea, though I don't recommend to go through this exercise more than once or twice for the same subject area. It's an recurring theme. And it has a predictable outcome. No winners, no loosers, just plain pain and hate. So, if that's the unavoidable outcome, then at least it must be made obvious.
People come to prove that hate speech should be protected under the first amendment. Let other people take the first amendment to counter argue. The reaction proves that the amount of hate generated is enough to speak out almost unhidden threats against the people who counterargue.
I am not quite sure if you want to protect the threats too. If that doesn't get the original claim of the poster self-refuted, you at least dismantle the motivation of the poster. Just because people engage in the skill of hate generating arguments with utmost brilliance and dishonest intellectual preciseness and logic like eloquence for example, doesn't mean that the content of what is said gets any less inflammatory.
For the sake of the archives, I am not willing (at least once in a while) to let those people of the hook. Your list of points is well meant, but I don't think they help for the trhurlers and eloquence guys in this world.
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