Check your facts
It goes something like this:
While Quasidan goes to check his facts, Futhman has time to develop a serious rebuttal.
Ways to check your facts
Occupatio: "Check your facts"'s best friend
Occupatio is a bastard of a Flame War tool because it provides absolutely nowhere for the victim to hide. The word refers to a rhetoric technique in a debate or trial whereby the speaker would predict his opponent's behavior/argument before they'd made it. This prevented their opponent from pursuing that line of action. If they do pursue that line of action, then they seem like the mindless puppets of the original speaker.
In a Flame War, this serves a similar function.
If Secunda responds, she proves that she's nothing more than Prima's lol-cow. If she doesn't respond, then Prima has succeeded in silencing Secunda and her stupid argument.
There is only one way to counter the Occupatio technique, and that is to respond with, "Cool story, bro." Using the example above:
As you can see, Secunda has succeeded in deflecting Prima's attempt at Occupatio by devaluing his opponent's statement without giving Prima anything to rebuke.
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