Fighting conversational death spirals

May 2015

Sometimes in Internet conversations, well-intentioned people with similar goals start to misunderstand each other in ways that make the other person feel attacked and hurt even when there isn’t that much actual disagreement. Then the conversation becomes full of things like “ is offensively wrong!” “No, is offensively wrong!” and it’s not very productive. Here are some general suggestions that seem like they might help:

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Dan Luu

I really like I don’t try to get anyone else to follow those rules, but I find them useful as a check on my own comments online.