[VOID] The "Ad Hominem-Godwin Law"

John M. Klassa (klassa@aur.alcatel.com)
Wed, 31 Mar 1999 10:28:40 -0500

[ Since Godwin's law has been invoked here from time to time, I thought
y'all might enjoy this. This comes from triangle.general. ]

> From: maas@nina.pagesz.net (Maas)
Newsgroups: triangle.general
Subject: Ad Hominem Rule, as releated to to Godwin's Law
Date: 30 Mar 1999 05:29:33 GMT
Organization: Ntrnet Systems

Where Godwin's law declares a thread dead upon mention of a
certain former (or current? is his head alive in a jar?) Nazi
leader, I believe a related rule should state that when a
poster declares "Ad Hominem", those involved should abstain,
thus killing the thread.

A joint corollary would be the Ad Hominem-Godwin Law, where
anyone who invokes the Ad Hominem Rule during a discussion
that relates in some way to said Nazi leader should voluntarily
abstain from posting for some period of time.

The floor is open to nominations for an official name for
the rule referred to as the "Ad Hominem Rule".


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