How to Win Online Debates

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    How To Win Online Debates
    By Adam Graham for American Daily
    March 25, 2005

    1) Learn how to ridicule the beliefs of others
    When you debate online, you can be quite contemptible in your choice of verbiage. Don’t just respond to your opponents, ridicule them. If you merely respond, they can just fire back a response, but the ridicule will strengthen your argument and there’s not really a good way to respond to being ridiculed.

    2) Repeat yourself
    Keep going over the same ground over and over again. The most talented online debaters say the exact same thing repeatedly in a slightly different way. In doing so, they force their opponents to become equally repetitive, which can help you in winning the debate.

    3) Quote whole articles of more than a thousand words in their entirety.
    While in an offline debate, you couldn’t stand up and read fifty pages of material, nothing stops you from doing so online. Thus, if you’re not very good at forming logical arguments, all you have to do is quote others’ good arguments and thus you can bolster your weakness and outmatch your opponent.

    4) Remember, if your opponent quits debating you, you win.
    What will pay off most in repetitiveness, a snotty attitude, and writing posts that are so long that your opponent cannot respond to them unless he quits his jobs and dedicates his entire life to addressing your rants. If he says he’s leaving because you’re rude or repetitive, you’ve really won because it shows how much you dominated the debate.

    http://americandaily.com/article/7260
     
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    This isn't exactly right. It was obviously written by someone who has lost a lot and feels compelled to ridicule the art.
     
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    I think it's supposed to be a tongue-in-cheek article.
     
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    There is a certain element of truth to this: :D

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    :rotflmao:

    Now that is funny.
     
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    Their HERE! They've studied this board! :)
     
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    Yeah, I noticed that they must have spent time on both of the boards on which I post.
     

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