Re: Ad hominem? I think not.

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Wed Nov 21 2001 - 12:12:01 MST

Harvey Newstrom wrote:
> John Clark wrote,
> > I wonder, do you think this is reasonable discourse too, would
> > you criticizes me if I called even this bozo an idiot?
> Yes.
> Do you know the definition of the words "Ad hominem"? Calling someone on
> idiot is "Ad hominem". You are attacking the person, not their idea.
> Calling someone's ideas idiotic is OK. These are standard rules of debate
> and of this list. We all agreed to avoid ad hominem when we joined this
> list. Please keep your promise and abide by the List Rules. Don't attack
> anyone. Attack only poor ideas with reasoned, logical refutations.

Okay. To John, JR, Brian, myself and others: the standard list reply to
comments by Samantha, Curious, or other such individuals lacking in the
ability to say non-idiotic ideas on this list is simply to type, in big,
bold letters, at the top of the message: "WHAT A STUPID, IDIOTIC, IDEA!"
and leave it at that.

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