View Poll Results: Can you walk away from an internet disagreement?

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  • 75% v 25%, they'll be hearing from me

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  • Meh. I can stay or go

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  • 25% v 75% I'll answer. If I feel like it, I'm bored, there's nothing to eat and I don't smell bacon.

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  • Chances are excellent I'll forget I was in a conversation until I get the email notification

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Thread: Can you walk away from a discussion that's going nowhere?

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    Re: Can you walk away from a discussion that's going nowhere?

    I can walk away and do, many times it just becomes pointless. This isnt real life, everyone is safe behind a cozy screen so theres lots of "FALSE COURAGE" on the net.

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    Re: Can you walk away from a discussion that's going nowhere?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    In all honesty - if the person is worth responding to, I will respond. Usually how I would prefer to end these situations is eventually reaching a point of detente where we agree to disagree but respect each other's opinions.

    If they're not worth responding to, the smart thing to do is just ****ing leave.
    Sometimes. Sometimes I like the fight. It's a good challenge to present a solid argument and good rebuttals against a brick wall.
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    Re: Can you walk away from a discussion that's going nowhere?

    Usually. If someone is being a complete dumbass, I'll tend to stop responding. Unfortunately some people are able to string me on long enough that I don't realize it's going nowhere until I've expended more energy on the discussion than it deserves.
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    Re: Can you walk away from a discussion that's going nowhere?

    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    Sometimes it's like the freakin energizer bunny brigade of being right and having the last word, here at DP. Where do you fall on the spectrum? Can you go to bed, even if somebody is wrong on the internet? Can you walk away from the conversation, knowing somebody thinks you're wrong?



    Oh, let me guess. You didn't even know it was an option.



    Okay, let's have a poll.
    It I'm wrong, I try to admit it and walk away.

    If it was a good but tiring debate, I try to congratulate and walk away.

    If it's pointless back and forth, with tons of ignoring the facts and information, I typically just walk away.
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    Re: Can you walk away from a discussion that's going nowhere?

    I've been married for 7 years, so I use the same tactic I do with my wife. I just stop listening (reading in this case) and stare off into space until its over.
    "Loyalty only matters when there's a hundred reasons not to be-" Gen. Mattis

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    Re: Can you walk away from a discussion that's going nowhere?

    Quote Originally Posted by WI Crippler View Post
    I've been married for 7 years, so I use the same tactic I do with my wife. I just stop listening (reading in this case) and stare off into space until its over.
    lulz.
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    Re: Can you walk away from a discussion that's going nowhere?

    Either way

    it depends on boredom, subject, time, their mood etc.

    I fine it funny when people get seriously mad on a "message board" I mean I can understand being a little emotional or offended with racists and bigots but for the most part its just a board.

    I do like stirring a person's pot though sometimes especially when they have nothing and are so mad they have nothing to debate with. At times this is the most fun but whats typically more fun is actually having a rational conversation and learning and exchanging and teaching each other.
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    Re: Can you walk away from a discussion that's going nowhere?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    I do it all the time - the only time I stick around is if I've been bluntly misunderstood - and I'll leave when I explain myself and it still doesn't clarify things for the other person.
    This is me as well. Once I've clarified my position over and over, and the other person is determined to insist that I am saying something totally different, I'll move on and not discuss that topic with that particular poster again. I don't deal well with disingenuous posters, and tend not to respond to them in the future even if they are speaking directly to me.

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    Re: Can you walk away from a discussion that's going nowhere?

    Quote Originally Posted by WI Crippler View Post
    I've been married for 7 years, so I use the same tactic I do with my wife. I just stop listening (reading in this case) and stare off into space until its over.
    I have a better solution:

    Nobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.

    Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.

    All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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    Re: Can you walk away from a discussion that's going nowhere?

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    I once debated another member on the definition of part of a sentence for 3 months... pretty much posting on the thread every day. I DID win, though.

    Is that a bad thing?
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