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Straw Man

Used to identify a comment that ChenZhen considers to be a blatant use of a straw man argument during a discussion.  From wikipedia:

A straw man argument is an informal fallacy based on misrepresentation of an opponent’s position.[1] To “set up a straw man” or “set up a straw man argument” is to create a position that is easy to refute, then attribute that position to the opponent. Often, the straw man is set up to deliberately overstate the opponent’s position.[1] A straw man argument can be a successful rhetorical technique (that is, it may succeed in persuading people) but it is in fact a misleading fallacy, because the opponent’s actual argument has not been refuted.[2]

Its name is derived from the practice of using straw men in combat training. In such training, a scarecrow is made in the image of the enemy with the single intent of attacking it.[3]

There will be a certain amount of discretion used in applying this icon, and its application would most likely be based on the comment’s content.  In other words, the more “straw”, the more likely this will be used.

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2 comments

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