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Old 03-31-06, 03:12 PM   #1
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Old 03-31-06, 04:09 PM   #2
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Also, please don't get carried away with the "generalizations" stuff. Political discussion without mention of the merits or infirmities of diverse parties, ideologies or countries is like banning the mention of fish from a fishing forum.
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Old 03-31-06, 05:05 PM   #4
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Just remove the xxx from the title. I thought this was about porn.

Also, please don't get carried away with the "generalizations" stuff. Political discussion without mention of the merits or infirmities of diverse parties, ideologies or countries is like banning the mention of fish from a fishing forum.
No, it's not. It's just intellectual laziness.
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Old 03-31-06, 05:21 PM   #5
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Also, please don't get carried away with the "generalizations" stuff. Political discussion without mention of the merits or infirmities of diverse parties, ideologies or countries is like banning the mention of fish from a fishing forum.
you can mention the merits and infirmities but be specific, general blanket statements will not be acceptable
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Old 03-31-06, 05:40 PM   #6
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"Analysis" is fine, silly one-liners which only contain generalizations are not. It's these types of hit and run posts where a poster expresses "absolute certainties" (aka silly gross generalizations) that get on my (and most people's) nerves.

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Old 03-31-06, 05:42 PM   #7
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"Analysis" is fine, silly one-liners which only contain generalizations are not.
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Old 03-31-06, 05:57 PM   #9
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People who hide behind semantics, or simply label other's posts as stupid and then run away, accomplish nothing but stifling debate.
You cant argue that the purpose is to engage in intelligent debate when the premise is a stupid one line generalization. When that's the only thing that is offered it will be dismissed as such.
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Old 03-31-06, 06:52 PM   #10
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If they're stupid comments, others should have no problem in discrediting them without recourse to derogatory adjectives; if however the challenger runs away when confronted with superior arguments, it means they're incapable of considering a perspective different from their own.
One last time, I have no problem with arguments. If you show me a well thought out argument I'll address it. If you show me a one-liner with a blanket statement, a gross generalization, or a stereotype (which in no way, shape or form constitutes an "argument"), without any intelligent discourse to back it up, I'm going to dismiss it.
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Old 03-31-06, 07:28 PM   #11
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Just to save you all some time, the thinking around the generalized attacks is that we don't want to keep seeing the same "all you liberals are stupid", "republicans are greedy and heartless" type statements. You can still have problems with particular groups and their ways of thinking but we're not going to allow repeated streams of the same negative rhetoric from the same people.
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Old 03-31-06, 07:31 PM   #12
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Look Vandelay, I get it, but nobody here is referring to "the sky is blue" or "the nazis were bad" when they talk about generalizations. It's the right, left, liberals, conservative, Dems, Reps, Europeans, Americans, capitalists, socialists, christians, muslims, etc... are all "insert generalization here" type of statements that most people have a problem with.

Edited to add: Yeah, what 'X' just said.

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If they're stupid comments, others should have no problem in discrediting them without recourse to derogatory adjectives; if however the challenger runs away when confronted with superior arguments, it means they're incapable of considering a perspective different from their own.

If that were the case it would be easier to be more dismissive of them. The problem is they frequently become the topic of the thread and derail the conversation.
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If that were the case it would be easier to be more dismissive of them. The problem is they frequently become the topic of the thread and derail the conversation.


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Just to save you all some time, the thinking around the generalized attacks is that we don't want to keep seeing the same "all you liberals are stupid", "republicans are greedy and heartless" type statements. You can still have problems with particular groups and their ways of thinking but we're not going to allow repeated streams of the same negative rhetoric from the same people.
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If they're stupid comments, others should have no problem in discrediting them without recourse to derogatory adjectives; if however the challenger runs away when confronted with superior arguments, it means they're incapable of considering a perspective different from their own.
No, this challenger simply ignores the question and moves on to the next silly one-liner. In fact, almost all of his replies are two sentences or less.

(And you know who I'm talking about).
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No, this challenger simply ignores the question and moves on to the next silly one-liner. In fact, almost all of his replies are two sentences or less.

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1) Are we allowed to make fun of ourselves?

2) Our we allowed to say bad things about people if we simply refer to them as "some people?"

For example, would the two following statements be acceptable?"

1) "I'm crazy, so of course I think chocolate milk should be legal."

2) "Some people think the government should tax and regulate businesses until there are no jobs left."
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This is getting too confusing.
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