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Re: Question to all Candidates: Heated discussions

On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 12:11:39PM +1100, Ben Finney wrote:
> 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>).

I meant 'ad hominem attacks', rather than 'ad hominem discussion'. I.e.,
you're making the discussion personal, rather than about the technical
matter you're supposedly talking about.

The biometric identification system at the gates of the CIA headquarters
works because there's a guard with a large gun making sure no one is
trying to fool the system.

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