“If you’re arguing on the Internet, you’ve already lost. The next time something online’s got your ire up, keep a cool head and just chill the fuck up and eat a sandwich.”
This brilliant and humorous chart was created by H. Caldwell Tanner and Rosscott Nover. Check out their rating system that goes from Level 1: The High Road with a “dick rating” of none to Level 5: Insult Inferno with a “dickfinity” rating.
Nover explained, in a more serious tone, his views on online discourse:
“There’s a distinct difference between a discussion and an argument. We’re focusing much more on the lighter side, clearly. There are people out there who have conflicting opinions and who can benefit from serious debate. By and large the people who engage in “discussion” (especially in many popular forums on the Internet) are really just interested in saying what they want, not listening what you have to say.
This chart is meant as humor and hyperbole. But notice, according to the chart, reading through the whole story and saying your peace is much “higher” on the list than being an insulting jerk who flies off the handle and doesn’t know what exactly they are talking about and what they are commenting on, so even within this chart we implore people to actually know what they are talking about before commenting.
People are allowed to agree or disagree, and discourse is how people form opinions and are introduced to new ideas. But there are times to discuss and times to argue, and those arguments are times where that energy is better spent eating a sandwich.”
(Note: We found this via the always interesting Chart Porn.)