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QUESTION:[INDENT] Why do all forum topics cause online

  1. Oct 30, 2007 #1
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    Why do all forum topics cause online


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    Why do all forum topics cause online arguments?
     
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  3. Oct 30, 2007 #2

    Evo

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    They don't, not even a tiny fraction.
     
  4. Oct 30, 2007 #3
    that sounds like an argument

    (Q: WHAT DO YOU WANT?
    M: Well, I was told outside that...
    Q: Don't give me that, you snotty-faced heap of parrot droppings!
    M: What?
    Q: Shut your festering gob, you tit! Your type really makes me puke, you vacuous, coffee-nosed, maloderous, pervert!!!
    M: Look, I CAME HERE FOR AN ARGUMENT, I'm not going to just stand...!!
    Q: OH, oh I'm sorry, but this is abuse.
    M: Oh, I see, well, that explains it.
    Q: Ah yes, you want room 12A, Just along the corridor.
    M: Oh, Thank you very much. Sorry.
    Q: Not at all.
    M: Thank You.)
     
  5. Oct 30, 2007 #4

    Integral

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    Yes they do! :rofl:
     
  6. Oct 30, 2007 #5

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    All forum topics cause argument because everybody has a different point of view and has had different experiences in their lives. That is natural, and is not bad.
     
  7. Oct 30, 2007 #6

    Evo

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    I think people are confusing discussions of different viewpoints with argument. I can point out tons of threads were everyone was in agreement.
     
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  8. Oct 30, 2007 #7
    "If you think that "fact," not argument, rules intelligent thinking, consider these examples. At one point, the "great minds" of Western Europe firmly believed the Earth was flat. They had discussions about how obviously true this "fact" was."

    "What is an argument? In academic writing, an argument is usually a main idea, often called a "claim" or "thesis statement," backed up with evidence that supports the idea. Ninety-nine percent of the time you will need to make some sort of claim and use evidence to support it,..."

    99% of the time?--here??

    http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/argument.html
     
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  9. Oct 30, 2007 #8

    Evo

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    I'm taking the OP to mean argument as bickering and refusing to get along. All topics on a forum should create discussion. So asking "why do all forum topics create online discussions?" would be a rather meaningless question. So I stand with my assessment that the great majority of topics do not create arguments, at leat not on this forum, only a small fraction do. The majority don't end up in arguments in other forums I go to either.
     
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  10. Oct 30, 2007 #9
    are we having an argument?
     
  11. Oct 30, 2007 #10

    Gokul43201

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    No, we're not!
     
  12. Oct 30, 2007 #11

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    So you are having an argument. Can I eavesdrop?

    M: An argument isn't just contradiction.
    A: It can be.
    M: No it can't. An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition.
    A: No it isn't.
    M: Yes it is! It's not just contradiction.
    A: Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position.
    M: Yes, but that's not just saying 'No it isn't.'
    A: Yes it is!
    M: No it isn't!
     
  13. Oct 30, 2007 #12

    Gokul43201

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    No, we're not.

    No you can't!
     
  14. Oct 30, 2007 #13

    D H

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    Yes, I can!

    I can even add some useless facts to further advance the argument. For example, 8.6766*1049 is an upper bound on the number of angels that can dance on the tip of a pin (source: Quantum Gravity Treatment of the Angel Density Problem).
     
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  15. Oct 31, 2007 #14

    Ivan Seeking

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    Because I'm always right and some people haven't figured this out yet.
     
  16. Oct 31, 2007 #15

    Integral

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    Sure but these threads are of little interest and die quickly. It takes a good argument to give a thread legs.
     
  17. Oct 31, 2007 #16

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    QUESTION:

    Should trolls who have a post count of zero be prevented from creating new threads in the general discussion forum?
     
  18. Oct 31, 2007 #17
    M: I was just getting interested.
    A: Sorry, the five minutes is up.
    M: That was never five minutes!
    A: I'm afraid it was.
    M: No, it wasn't.
    (pause)
    A: I'm sorry, but I'm not allowed to argue anymore.
    M: What?!
     
  19. Oct 31, 2007 #18

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    M:Oh, all right. Well?
    A: Well what?
    M: That was never five minutes just then.
    A: I told you can't argue with you unless you pay.
    M: I just paid you.
    A: When?
    M: Just now!
    A: No you didn't.
    M: Yes I did.
     
  20. Nov 1, 2007 #19

    JasonRox

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    I think we should lock this thread. It's out of CONTROL!
     
  21. Nov 1, 2007 #20

    Mk

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    Here's an instance where two people agree, but are thinking of different definitions of the same word, "argument."
     
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