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Until today I wasn't aware of this term, which was coined in 1990. Are others here more aware than I regarding it? If so, please explain it.
 
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Also known as "Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies". Originated by Richard Sexton, and popularized by Mike Godwin of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (and of the Wikimedia Foundation until 2010) in 1990 in the form:
As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.
Reformulated in the Net.Legends FAQs "Usenet Rule #4":
"Any off-topic mention of Hitler or Nazis will cause the thread it is mentioned in to come to an irrelevant and off-topic end very soon; every thread on Usenet has a constantly-increasing probability to contain such a mention."
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haha that's a law I've often seen in action
 
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Ja, mein Fuehrer1

Let's see what THAT generates.
 
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Several of us started out as "grammar nazis" when we joined this site, but I think most regular members have mellowed into a more descriptivist attitude.

Hardcore grammar nazis tend to get short shrift here and often leave hastily.


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I prefer to be known as a grammar prig.
 
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Several of us started out as "grammar nazis" when we joined this site, but I think most regular members have mellowed into a more descriptivist attitude.
Yes, I agree, arnie. I was one.
 
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As a mathematician, I'd like to propose a corollary.

As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving any arbitrarily chosen subject approaches one.

After all a zero length discussion has no chance of any topic being mentioned but an infinite one will have mentioned everything. Big Grin


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That is very interesting, Geoff. Interestingly, I had always thought psychopaths were 100% negative, but apparently they have some positive characteristics, too.

I do think it hard to psychologically analyze from afar, and not that scholarly. However, it's in Scientific American, so it was all peer reviewed. I certainly can see a lot of those characteristics in Trump.
 
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I'd rate him somewhere between Norman Bates and Hannibal Lector. But I assume he has a good side.
 
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