- These have nothing to do with being right or being fair. It turns out that winning an argument and being right aren't the same thing at all. If you're using this list, you should remind yourself that this doesn't mean you're right; if you're being forcibly directed to this list, then it doesn't mean you're wrong. Some of these reasons (1, 7, 10) are actually ridiculous and should never work on their own. But, as in the rest of society, your cultural capital within a community is part of your eventual ability to succeed in that community. Remember that. Remember that it's not a good way for things to be, too, when you're listening to other people.
- Using this to show someone they're wrong means you're going to look like an asshole. Seriously, it's rude. It might be true, but it's rude. That said, sometimes internet arguments are rude, and if the being-polite boundary has already been transcended than you may just feel like it's worth the risk, in which case go nuts, buddy!
- This is not an all-inclusive list. It's just the most common ones I've seen. They seem to cover most cases at least partially. But if you feel a key reason is missing, do tell in the comments.
1. I know how to spell better than you.
It's as simple as that. Right now, even if you were right, it wouldn't matter. As soon as you stopped capitalizing words, spelling correctly, and putting apostrophes in the correct place, a lot of people ceased caring about the content of what you were saying. Using slang, colloquialisms, AAVE, etc. can all be okay, but when your spelling and grammar for however you speak English falls off, you just sound dumb. A few mistakes can be forgiven, but you apparently crossed that line long ago.
2. I'm a better person than you.
At the moment, you're either insulting people or suggesting that the best course of action in some situation involves discrimination against an individual or a group of people. I, on the other hand, am suggesting that one gives the benefit of the doubt and considers alternate strategies respecting everyone's humanity. Whether you're insulting a celebrity or proposing forbidding certain rights to citizens or whatever else, your strategy is the mean one and mine is the nice one, which on the internet translates to you being mean and me being nice. People like nice people better.
3. Your logic is flawed.
Right now, you're trying to justify that you're right about something, but your justification doesn't work at all. You might be using specific cases to justify general policy, incorrectly applying statistics, or simply just skipping a bunch of steps as to how what you're proposing actually accomplishes what you say it does. Regardless of the logical fallacy, it's clear that you don't know how to fill in the gap between what you know to be true and what you want to be true, so you made up an explanation that doesn't work. And my logic to explain why yours is wrong will be rock solid.
4. You make no sense.
You might be right about some things, but it's hard to tell through how confusing everything you say is. Maybe you've just replaced the correct words for the concepts you want to convey with arbitrary words from the dictionary. Maybe you're just having a completely different conversation than everyone else. There's really no point in continuing this discussion, as you've long since wandered off the deep end.
5. You're relying on incorrect or unconfirmed facts.
It's possible that, if the things you said were true, they would fully justify your opinions. But they aren't. I don't know if you were lied to or just made them up yourself, but your evidence isn't actually remotely factual. And sadly, the lack of soundness of your evidence invalidates everything else you've been saying. You just discredited yourself in the realm of facts; why should anyone care about your opinions at this point?
6. You're just repeating yourself.
The thing you just said was a rephrased of the previous thing you said, and the thing before that. I don't know if you realized this, but the statements I've been making called into question the soundness and validity of the original statement. You saying it twice more didn't make it any more solid, and I've already gotten out a clear explanation of several reasons as to why that's an unreasonable line of thinking. As long as you're not adding anything to it, I think we're done here.
7. I can use fancier words than you can.
You could be right; I could be wrong. However, you're clearly not up to date on the lingo required for this level of discourse, so you're starting to sound uninformed. I use words like "unilateral", "mitigated", "semantic", "heuristic," and "interstices", and it's clear you're starting to lose track of what I'm saying because you keep having to check a dictionary. I sound like I know what I'm talking about, and am hard enough to follow that people will assume I do. Unless you learn how to play the same game, you're better off conceding.
8. Nothing you're saying is an original thought.
Arguing with you is amazingly easy because you're just reciting an argument used by a politician/religious thinker/random public figure. It's possible that your convictions about these things are as strong as theirs, but it turns out people have argued with them, too. In a public forum. So, the arguments against your case are all prepared and easy-access. And, because I'm not just reciting someone else's argument, I'm going to outlast you on this one. I can keep arguing after the key points on the Internet have been exhausted. So let's just skip the recitation and get to the part where I make more sense than you.
9. You lost when you started calling me names.
I understand that you're angry. You're wrong and you don't want to believe it. However, your response of trying to humiliate or hurt me by calling me names is a terrible way to approach this. The people who think your name-calling has merit are overwhelmed by those who think you're being an asshole. As a bonus, I couldn't care less what you think of me. You clearly have nothing left to say on the actual original subject of this conversation; go home.
10. Nobody is ever going to agree with you here.
I don't know how you found this conversation, but your opinions right now aren't just in the minority: they're downright personally offensive to the majority people reading. If you think that you're changing my friends' minds, you're wrong; instead, I'm getting messages apologizing that I have to deal with someone so clearly insensitive and wrong. Go find someplace where people don't already solidly disagree with you; there's no conversation to be had here.