[OT] Mathematical reasoning vs ad hominem and personal attacks

Timon Gehr timon.gehr at gmx.ch
Tue Dec 17 15:59:57 UTC 2019

On 17.12.19 16:44, Jab wrote:
> On Tuesday, 17 December 2019 at 15:08:31 UTC, Timon Gehr wrote:
>> On 17.12.19 15:02, Patrick Schluter wrote:
>>>>> You are wrong.
>>>> Please no ad hominem attacks!
>>> That's not an ad hominem. That's just a statement of opinion. It 
>>> would be ad hominem if something about you was the justification of 
>>> the wrongness. You're wrong because your name is too long or because 
>>> you have a big nose etc.
>> Although some people do count disagreeing with mathematically wrong 
>> statements as a personal attack:
> Just quoting "I think" with a reply "you are wrong" isn't any better way 
> to run a community. It's not so much that you are disagreeing with it, 
> so much as you don't know how to convey that you are disagreeing with it 
> like a human being.
> ...

You are setting a great example.

>> https://github.com/pandas-dev/pandas/issues/9422#issuecomment-343550192
> So you had to pull an example from close to 3 years ago?

It's the one I am familiar with. I'm not very active in other communities.

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