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Godwin's Law - A Guide

Godwin's Law States That:
As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.

Corollary of Practicality
There is a tradition in many groups that, once this occurs, the thread is over, and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever argument was in progress. Godwin's Law thus practically guarantees the existence of an upper bound on thread length in those groups.

Gordon's Restatement of Newman's Corollary to Godwin's Law
Libertarianism (pro, con, and internal faction fights) is the primordial netnews discussion topic. Anytime the debate shifts somewhere else, it must eventually return to this fuel source.

Morgan's Corollary to Godwin's Law
As soon as such a comparison occurs, someone will start a Nazi-discussion spinoff thread on alt.censorship

Sircar's Corollary
If the online discussion touches on homosexuality or Heinlein, Nazis or Hitler are mentioned within three days.
(also known as Case's Corollary, though stated slightly differently)

Bert's Corollary
As the participants in a Usenet discussion increase in number, the probability that one of them will be a Nazi or Hitler approaches one

Van der Leun's Corollary
As global connectivity improves, the probability of actual Nazis being on the Net approaches one.

Miller's Paradox
As a network evolves, the number of Nazi comparisons not forestalled by citation to Godwin's Law converges to zero

DMZ's Corollary
As Cloning Technology improves, the probability that anyone might be Hitler increases

Coming Soon: The Explanation :o)

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Well *thinks*!

let me tell you that i've been throroughly enjoying your guide to the usenet. i can recall the very on topic discussions in some newsgroups.....makes me smile even now.....

hi u dont know me...i just found your journal..your beautiful...and smart...can I marry you haha...joking well me sometime or email

and yet nothing about WOOG DAMN YOU!!!11!1!!!! :P


Well if you can incorporate Woog into Godwin's Law somewhere, be my guest.... :o)



As the number of posts by Rachel increases, the number of posts by Rachel read by individuals, who are not Rachel, also increases and thus there is no woogability, but in fact many occurrences of people saying "woog".

heh. i got bored towards the end..:P

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