Re: Summary of the debian-devel BoF at Debconf9
On Tue, Aug 18 2009, Michael Banck wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 03:17:55PM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
>> Allowing these logical fallacies to stand, and not refuting
>> them, lead to a discussion that goes nowhere, or floats off into sub
>> optimal directions if not scotched in the bud.
>> Indeed, leaving logical fallacies unchallenged does nore to harm
>> the discussion than pointing them out and trying to bring the thread
>> back to a logical discussion; and leaving ad hominem attacks
>> unchallenged poisons the discussion environment to the point that it
>> detracts from the discussion itself.
> I think peopluld prefer if those were pointed out in private mail.
That assumes the only one you are seeking to give the right
impression about the topic at hand is the person making the logical
fallacy; but, really, you want to refute the illogical, fallaciour
argument in the forum where it was published. Allowing logical
fallacies to be widely disseminated, and the refutation to go to
private email, is likely to lead to the outcome that the public
discussion and archives are fill of unchallenged, unrefuted local
This seems somehow suboptimal to me.
There are twenty-five people left in the world, and twenty-seven of them
are hamburgers. -- Ed Sanders
Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> <http://www.debian.org/~srivasta/>
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