I don't have a spell (shesh spelled "spell" wrong at first) check where I am now so forgive any errors please.
I thought I would start yet another thread on this subject.
Why another thread?
I think we would all agree that the rest have become an entanglement of many many issues.
Not that airing these issues is a bad thing. I think getting things out in the open is really the first step to resolving them. If they stay tucked away then they just fester and get worse.
So my hope for the other threads is that good things come from them in the end.
Okay this thread.
This thread is for the detached discussion of the strawman debating ploy without reference to the intentions or use of the term in any other thread or post.
Here people will post their opinions on what it means to them and why.
Perhaps this will explain the reactions on the other threads but I would hope we could do this without refering to the other threads or any other person.
The strawman comment is a debating ploy.
But what is the strategy behind this ploy.
Or rather, why do they use it in debates?
Stating someone has made a strawman comment in a debate is used to win the debate.
How does it do that?
The purpose is to undermine the credibility of the person making an argument.
If I can get the people to believe this person has made a strawman argument then they will give less credit to the other arguments.
But how does believing a person has made a strawman argument undermine a person's credibility?
As strawman argument is an unethical debating tactic in itself.
If a person uses a strawman argument then they have made an unethical argument.
If you acept that person is using the ploy of strawman arguments then you accept that person is unethical.
If you accept that person is unethical then you would hardly give credit to any other argument they may make -- why would you?
If they do not give credit to the other arguments then you win the debate.
Okay so that is my thinking on the statement someone has made a strawman argument.
Clearly this opinion is not shared by others.
I would encourage those who have a different opinion to post theirs.
If you share my take on it then their isn't any reason to post.
This is not intended to be a pole where the highest number believeing one thing wins.
This is an attempt to have a detached presentation on this term.
Hopefully this will share viewpoints.
Again I would hope no one would refer to the other posts or any living or dead individuals
. This is simply a place to state what YOU think the strawman debating ploy entails.
I hope my ramblings have made the intent clear.