Top Ten: From Godwin to Poe

Top Ten: From Godwin to Poe

Ansley Ansley
I saw a post about things going out of stock just when you had the cash/points for it and I wanted to see if there was an internet law regarding such things. I found this instead.


Here is a list of the top ten proposed internet laws:

Godwin's Law: This law, proposed by Mike Godwin in 1990 states: as a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler goes down to 1. Hitler and Nazis like x, therefore x is bad.

Poe's Law: Formulated by Nathan Poe in 2005, during a debate on christianforums.com, this law states: without the use or display of humor (a winking smiley) it is impossible to create a parody of fundamentalism that someone won't mistake for the real thing.

Rule 34: Credit is usually given to 4chan and the law states: If it exists, there is porn of it.

Skitt's Law: This law first stated by G. Bryan Lord is an online version of the proofreading Murphy's Law and states: any article or statement about correct grammar, punctuation, or spelling is bound to contain at least one eror or the likelihood of an error in a post is directly proportional to the embarrassment it will cause the poster.

Scopie's Law: Without any prior knowledge to Whale.to and having a background kicking around science forums, this law rarely applies to most internet discussions.

Danth's Law: If you have to insist that you have won an argument on the internet, you've probably lost and badly at that. Derived from RPG.net

Pommer's Law: Originally proposed by Rob Pommer on rationalwiki.com in 2007, this states: A person's mind can be changed by reading information on the internet. The nature of this change will be from having no opinion to having a wrong opinion.

Demeyer's Law: This law comprises of four parts, the second being the most commonly used when referenced on the internet and it states: Anyone who posts an argument on the internet which is largely quotations can be very safely ignored, and is deemed to have lost the argument before it has begun.

Cohen's Law: Welcome to the redundant school of redundancy, this law states: Whoever resorts to the argument that 'whoever resorts to the argument that... 'whoever resorts to the argument that... 'whoever resorts to the argument that... 'whoever resorts to the argument that ... 'whoever resorts to the argument that... ...has automatically lost the debate' ...has automatically lost the debate' ...has automatically lost the debate' ...has automatically lost the debate' ...has automatically lost the debate' has automatically lost the debate First proposed by Brian Cohen.

The Law of Exclamation: The more exclamation points used in an email (or other posting), the more likely it is a complete lie. This is also true for excessive capital letters. This law was first proposed by Lori Robertson in an article for Factcheck.org in 2008.


How many of these laws have you heard of before today? Have you ever cited a law in an argument?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
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1
5
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All of them
I have never used these laws in an argument
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I have never mentioned these laws in discussions
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I have used one or more of these laws in an argument
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I have mentioned one or more of these laws in discussions
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There might be some truth to these laws
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Just like with everything else it's a case by case basis
Total bunk
Other
Oooh, shiny!
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Total votes: 41 (18 voters)
Poll is closed
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P'Gell P'Gell
I use capital letters when I'm either too excited or too lazy to resort to [ italic| [

09/09/2011
Yaoi Pervette (deleted) Yaoi Pervette (deleted)
The only one I had heard of was Rule 34, and I tend to think there is some truth there. It seems like anything I can think of has someone who gets off sexually from it.
09/09/2011
GenderSexplorations GenderSexplorations
Ah the internet and its rules. Heard of most of these, probably used about half of them...
09/09/2011
Antipova Antipova
Poe's law is so worrisome that it makes me giggle.

(And that sentence reminds me of the ?maybeBenFranklin? quote that I'm about to butcher: "There are only two intelligent responses to the human condition: the first is tears and the second is laughter.")*

*Please if you know who actually said this, or how it's supposed to go, let me know!
09/09/2011
A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople) A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople)
Nice laws! Especially the second one
09/11/2011
Kkay Kkay
I've heard of most of these but have only memorized three. There's a lot of truth in them.

Especially the porn rule. After finding a lovingly-drawn rendition of a murloc jerking off, the truth has never been clearer.
09/11/2011
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
Quote:
Originally posted by Antipova
Poe's law is so worrisome that it makes me giggle.

(And that sentence reminds me of the ?maybeBenFranklin? quote that I'm about to butcher: "There are only two intelligent responses to the human condition: the first is tears and ...
Well, there's this one:

Jokes can be noble. Laughs are exactly as honorable as tears. Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion, to the futility of thinking and striving anymore.

That's Kurt Vonnegut, from Palm Sunday.


Or, if you prefer Joni Mitchell's "People's Parties":

Laughing and crying, you know it's the same release (I told you, when I met you).
09/11/2011
xylia xylia
i havent heard of these laws. but i see it happening
09/11/2011
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