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 Post subject: Pedantic Quibbling
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:06 pm
  

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I allowed many of the pedantic, quibbling, word game arguments with ridiculous assertions to go on because I prefer to give forum members leeway to resolve disagreements. It's apparent that some members have trouble wielding that leeway responsibly. Consider this to be your "knock it off" warning.

If you think this applies to someone other than yourself, think again.

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantic Quibbling
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:13 pm
  

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Please note the forum rules were updated with the following.

Mack wrote:
Pedantic Quibbling

Pedantic Quibbling is when a debate devolves into meaningless word games. While citing a word's definition may occasionally be warranted, needless bickering over the meaning of words or phrases is not.

Likewise, when discussing something common, trying to needlessly complicate the conversation by bringing up unlikely edge-cases is rarely productive. For example, if the conversation mentions horses, then asking about unicorn-zebras is unlikely to materially contribute to the discussion.

Both of these examples fall into the category of Pedantic Quibbling, and will be addressed by the Moderators as a potential rules violation. However, these two examples are not all inclusive. It's the behavior that's important.




And for irony's sake:
Pedant -
a: one who makes a show of knowledge
b: one who is unimaginative or who unduly emphasizes minutiae in the presentation or use of knowledge
c: a formalist or precisionist in teaching

Quibble:
a: to evade the point of an argument by caviling about words


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