Similar to Silencing Tactics
, logical fallacies can really ruin a potentially productive conversation.
Some of the most common logical fallacies include:
Ad hominem attacks: This is also known as name calling. Sometimes it can be really obvious (e.g. calling someone a naughty word) or it can be more subtle (e.g. asking someone if they have ever read a book). I don't speak for all the mods, but I don't plan on policing most naughty words. (Slurs are completely forbidden, however. See our Code of Conduct
re: transphobia, disablism, sexism, racism, etc.) I don't think this would be a Fugitivus forum if people weren't allowed to use swears. (*gasp!*) There is a difference between calling some politician a douchebag for something zie did and calling a member of this community a douchebag for something zie argued.
Straw person arguments: The patriarchal conventional term for this is a straw man argument. This is really common. A straw person argument is when someone creates an argument just to tear it down, like one would burn a straw effigy (mentioned in the silencing thread). For example: All you pro-choicers think there should be government funded abortions up until a the day before the birth. Easy way to avoid this: don't speak for anyone (or any group) other than yourself (or a group you are a part of). You can speak about other groups, with nuance and sensitivity. Just don't say what they believe, or what they argue, unless you can link to something and/or use a direct quote in context
Some other common ones include the slippery slope argument (which is only a fallacy if the steps down the slope are not supported), the false cause argument (that's the association is not necessarily causation fallacy).
If you would like to learn more about logical fallacies, or are planning on hanging out in the High Noon arena with me, I would suggest checking out Logical Fallacies