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30 Post author: Benquo 10 December 2016 07:06AM

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Comment author: Lumifer 25 December 2016 02:59:01AM 2 points [-]

So you can't imagine someone being other than (a) completely, 100% dead serious; or (2) obviously joking and not trying to communicate anything but ha-ha funny? No intermediate stages at all?

Comment author: Jiro 25 December 2016 08:55:59PM 3 points [-]

If someone is half serious and half joking, and it isn't very obvious which parts are jokes and which are not, that leaves him in a position where he can act as though something is serious up until he gets called on it, at which point he can switch to saying "of course that was bad logic/bad sources/ad hominem/etc., it was just a joke?" So you're better off acting as though it's jokes all the time.