Invariably, in any community, there will be conflict, because everyone can't get along 100% of the time. Conflict can be handled gracefully, and without hurt feelings - there's nothing wrong with asserting one's opinion, if it's done tactfully and with respect. REAL respect, not the fake kind (I have a lot of respect for you, BUT...).
There's an internet rule that states that if a member of one side of a conflict compares the other side to Hitler, or Nazis, or the Gestapo, etc., that side automatically loses. It's called Godwin's Law. Now, this doesn't happen in every conflict I've seen; in fact, I've seen it in very few. Mostly in abortion debate.
I think a new rule should exist, if it doesn't already. If a member of one side of a conflict says any of the following things to the other, they lose.
- Thanks for the laugh
- You're funny
- (insert any sarcastic ridicule or dismissive term here)
You can call it Stacey's Law. I'll allow it. NEXT.