Originally posted by Bert Bates:
No, just an overall sense that interesting debates tend to devolve around here, and that if we all paid a little more attention we could have some truly interesting, lively discussions. I guess I just get disappointed again and again that topics with such promise get lost in the shuffle of carelessness.
As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one." There is a tradition in many groups that, once this occurs, that thread is over, and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever argument was in progress.
Originally posted by Jason Menard:
One recent thread certainly hit that point.
Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:
Acutally two. The first time it happened, I actually invoked Godwin, but things just kept on going.