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Re: Question to all Candidates: Heated discussions



Wouter Verhelst <wouter@debian.org> writes:

> On Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 02:40:32AM +0000, Dmitrijs Ledkovs wrote:
> > Do you think current frequency/amount of heated discussions is
> > acceptable for the Debian project?
>
> I believe no amount of ad-hominem discussion is acceptable.

There's a significant difference between ad hominem discussion (which I
interpret as meaning “discussion about a person”) versus argumentum ad
hominem (the widely-used but sometimes poorly-understood logical
fallacy <URL:http://www.fallacyfiles.org/adhomine.html>).

The only case where ad hominem discussion qualifies as the argumentum ad
hominem fallacy is when it is used as a red herring; i.e. when the
personal details being discussed are irrelevant to the substance of the
argument.

Could you clarify what you mean by your statement above in light of that
difference?

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