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> I'm not uber-geek, I just play devil's advocate
...you mean you troll...?
Answers from postions of typical uber-geek
Posted Oct 4, 2007 16:25 UTC (Thu) by amikins (guest, #451)
Devil's advocate is an attempt to advance understanding of a problem by presenting alternate points, as well-reasoned as possible. If the points aren't sufficiently well framed as to be able to usefully further discussion, then the goal isn't served.
Care must be taken when attempting to take on the devil's advocate role; if you aren't precise in how you present these views, you do in fact come across as a troll.
Posted Oct 20, 2007 1:01 UTC (Sat) by einhverfr (guest, #44407)
I actually thought the points were well demonstrated. Not strictly devils advocate, more
along the lines of what one might expect from, say, Jonathan Swift.
I think the main issue however, is that it really does come down to community management.
Some people "get it" and some don't.
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