For some, the prime objective of Commons is not to build a great repository of free educational media, but to be not censored. Any argument is thus ultimately reduced to one concerning censorship. Since censorship is a hot button topic among the Internet community, this straw man is highly effective. A bonus is that some arguments really are about censorship.
Another popular argumentative fallacy on Commons is the slippery slope. It follows that if one can't convince one's opponent that they are arguing for censorship, then one can always accuse them of starting down the slippery slope towards censorship.
Once an discussion has deteriorated to the point where opponents are using Latin to indicate the other's argumentative flaws, rather working to seek consensus or understanding, there is no hope for resolution and it is time to disengage and unwatch.
All arguments on Commons will eventually reach the point where the only reasonable action is to censor oneself. Which is ironic.
It is one thing to acknowledge a problem but quite another to fix it. I really must learn to stop feeding the trolls.
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