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The Gadi Disclaimer - TGD
The Gadi Disclaimer - TGD

I am a rhetor. I explore subject matters deeply. I am pathologically curious and must think of how things work, or how they might connect. BUT, just because I entertain a thought, does not necessarily mean I believe in it.

Disclaimers matter, as they show that you understand the sensitivities of a subject matter, and are willing to frame your argument so as not to offend.

That said, with some subject matters that border on the extreme, such as with Godwin related arguments (Holocaust), one may end up writing more disclaimers than any positive material on what they want to advance, which makes the original argument get lost in the background.

If a person reading an author's text does so with the perspective of "the author is an ally, and I will assume the best possible intentions, trying to understand the arguments without preconceptions," then all these disclaimers would be redundant.

Example: The author is really a feminist and does not question rape or a woman's right to say no, s/he puts forward arguments to discuss medical processes related to rape, which are difficult to discuss due to sensitivities involved with the subject.

Authors in return must be able to discuss views and how they affect the whole, in full, or they would lose their moral right to use the TGD disclaimer, and practically, have their TGD score reduced.

The Gadi Disclaimer, or TGD, would mean that you as a reader understand the writing to follow is written as:

1. A dispassionate view, a passionate view, a critical view, or an opinion on a subject matter

2. Possibly, an opinion on a sub-category of a subject matter, discussing only that sub-category and not the whole (Hilter's economic policy, not Hilter).

You also acknowledge that:

1. The author does not necessarily hold these views, or that he/she are deeply aware of the potential sensitivity of the subject matter (such as the Holocaust or Rape)/

2. By reading a text with a TGD tag you will read the text as if it was written with all the possible disclaimers framing it correctly, assuming the best. Short and to the point gets the job done, 200 lines of disclaimers over 20 lines of text, confuses matters.

3. By reading the text you understand that your sensitivities may be hurt, without the fault of the author.

An author can not hide behind the TGD tag if they do not:
1. Offer logically valid arguments (without logical fallacies or unbacked statements which are not flagged as such).

2. Are willing to answer any and all questions related to their text in full, or reference where they've been answered. Authors are exempts from answering arguments which are baseless statements or are a logical fallacy more than once, pointing this out.

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