I've been chatting with people on the internet since before Windows and AOL existed.
If you have facts, the best thing to do is to politely post those facts, then leave it alone.
In every internet disagreement there are 3 parties: the two parties arguing - neither of whom are likely to admit they are wrong -- and, the lurkers who may just be convinced -- BUT -- you will never know that 99% of the time.........they are lurkers. Over the years I've had lurkers say they changed their minds from reading other people's arguments. So, it pays to debate well, IF you are going to make the choice to make the sacrafices from your life to get into the argument.
Even if someone is correct, if they come off as negative, mean or crazy, people will tend not to listen to them. Post facts, post logic, be polite/neutral in tone and walk away.
Before you make the choice to get into a running argument remember this:
There is ALWAYS someone wrong on the Internet.
At the end of your life, on your deathbed, will you feel good knowing you spent a cumulative two weeks arguing with people you will never meet instead of having used that time to read a number of books, watch good shows, get workouts or talk to a real life person you enjoy being with?
Time yourself sometime for how long it takes to make a well written fact based post.
Was it a good use of your time as compared to other things you could have been doing?
An hour in a busy pedestrian zone can empty out a heavy box of vegan leaflets.
Sometimes a well written post with facts, not opinions can take me 15 minutes to make. If I make several of those a week it is the same as me deciding to argue with just one crank instead of passing out leaflets and making more vegans.
I think the internet, like watching a movie or reading a book has a slightly hypnotic effect. Little things make us upset when they otherwise wouldn't. If someone is making you upset, even after you have left your computer or that site, it is time to move on.
The nice about the web is that with a push of button you can make someone go away.
Seriously, how nice is that?
Think of all of the nasty people in your life that you HAD to deal with.
Here, you can just make them disappear, go back to enjoying your job, your friends, your life like that person never existed.
Last edited by beforewisdom
on Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:17 pm, edited 3 times in total.
"The plural of anecdote is not data." (Roger Brinner)