Godwin's Law

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Godwin's Law

(usenet, humour)
"As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one." There is a tradition in many groups that, once this occurs, that thread is over, and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever argument was in progress. Godwin's Law thus practically guarantees the existence of an upper bound on thread length in those groups. However there is also a widely recognised codicil that any intentional triggering of Godwin's Law in order to invoke its thread-ending effects will be unsuccessful.

[Jargon].
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Mike Godwin, an American attorney and author, in 1990 came up with the law or a rule, an observation even, that as online discussions continue, the probability of someone invoking a comparison with the Nazis or Hitler increases; in some forums those who do use the Hitler argument are deemed to have lost the plot, or argument.
Fakenheim's "Hitler argument"--that to assimilate into oblivion is to grant Hitler a posthumous victory--rings hollow to the modern ear.