Godwin's Law

Godwin's Law

PostBy: pbmax On: Thu Mar 06, 2008 11:28 pm

From Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law

Godwin's Law (also known as Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies)[1] is an adage formulated by Mike Godwin in 1990. The law states:[2][3]

"As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one."

Godwin's Law is often cited in online discussions as a caution against the use of inflammatory rhetoric or exaggerated comparisons, and is often conflated with fallacious arguments of the reductio ad Hitlerum form.

The rule does not make any statement whether any particular reference or comparison to Hitler or the Nazis might be appropriate, but only asserts that one arising is increasingly probable. It is precisely because such a comparison or reference may sometimes be appropriate, Godwin has argued[4] that overuse of Nazi and Hitler comparisons should be avoided, because it robs the valid comparisons of their impact. Although in one of its early forms Godwin's Law referred specifically to Usenet newsgroup discussions,[5] the law is now applied to any threaded online discussion: electronic mailing lists, message boards, chat rooms, and more recently blog comment threads and wiki talk pages.

Corollaries and usage
... For example, there is a tradition in many newsgroups and other Internet discussion forums that once such a comparison is made, the thread is finished and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically "lost" whatever debate was in progress. This principle is itself frequently referred to as Godwin's Law.


After scanning a couple of the recent (and no so recent) discussions between Neanderthal coal-burners and Paleolithic coal-burners, I thought this might be an interesting tid bit to throw out there.

Also see:
Benford's law of controversy

Benford's law of controversy is an adage from the 1980 novel Timescape, stating:

Passion is inversely proportional to the amount of real information available.



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Re: Godwin's Law

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:51 am

pbmax wrote:After scanning a couple of the recent (and no so recent) discussions between Neanderthal coal-burners and Paleolithic coal-burners, I thought this might be an interesting tid bit to throw out there.pb


Exactly who would these Neanderthal and Paleolithic coal burners be? :twisted:
Care to name them?
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Re: Godwin's Law

PostBy: Charlie Z On: Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:03 am

I just spewed my coffee when I read Godwin's Law. (I think coffee is dripping out my nose.)
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Re: Godwin's Law

PostBy: spc On: Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:10 am

Wood'nCoal wrote:
pbmax wrote:After scanning a couple of the recent (and no so recent) discussions between Neanderthal coal-burners and Paleolithic coal-burners, I thought this might be an interesting tid bit to throw out there.pb


Exactly who would these Neanderthal and Paleolithic coal burners be? :twisted:
Care to name them?
Yes who? I'm as offended at this as when I watch that Geico Caveman commercial. :x
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Re: Godwin's Law

PostBy: Ed.A On: Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:32 am

This is no different than any debate on Illegal immigration when inevitably the term "RASCIST" will be thown out in order to stifle debate.
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Re: Godwin's Law

PostBy: pbmax On: Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:38 am

Wood'nCoal wrote:
pbmax wrote:After scanning a couple of the recent (and no so recent) discussions between Neanderthal coal-burners and Paleolithic coal-burners, I thought this might be an interesting tid bit to throw out there.pb


Exactly who would these Neanderthal and Paleolithic coal burners be? :twisted:
Care to name them?

I shall not be compelled to bear witness against myself.
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Re: Godwin's Law

PostBy: BugsyR On: Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:08 am

After scanning a couple of the recent (and no so recent) discussions between Neanderthal coal-burners and Paleolithic coal-burners, I thought this might be an interesting tid bit to throw out there.


This seriously offends me....I am not Paleolithic....I prefer to be called CRO-MAGNON!!!! :lol:
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Re: Godwin's Law

PostBy: Devil505 On: Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:37 am

[quote="pbmax"]From Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law

If that isn't propoganda directly from the desk of Joseph Goebbels, I'll eat my hat!!! ;)
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Re: Godwin's Law

PostBy: stockingfull On: Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:06 pm

Hilarious. But, personally, I like Benford's Law. And, even though I'm supporting Barack, I recognize that the initial wave of passion can't last. The question then becomes what it will be replaced with. And now we know: Joe Göbbels und the boyz. :roll:
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Re: Godwin's Law

PostBy: cheapheat On: Fri Mar 07, 2008 6:17 pm

Im not Paleolithic or Neanderwhatever Im Ukrainian. Now if you will excuse me Im on my way to the store to buy a dictionary....toggling between this and Meriam Webster is really taking forever. Jim
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