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Fluttershy learns not to question extroverts. Edit of >>1840823
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@Background Pony #4905

I don’t think asking questions is ever a bad thing in questions such as these. If somepony states that something is bad and needs changing I need to know why.

All the while I totally agree that it’s far too common to try and disregard a why with a extreme counter example and sure is a crummy thing do to.

Why are Nazis bad?
cuz they burn gems
bUT thE WAr GavE Us MicrOWAvES


It also leads to dismissing the "why" when it is indeed dismissable. So all in all I think asking questions is always at hoof.
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@Background Pony #CA36
Just asking questions (also known as JAQing off) is a way of attempting to make wild accusations acceptable (and hopefully not legally actionable) by framing them as questions rather than statements. It shifts the burden of proof to one’s opponent; rather than laboriously having to prove that all politicians are reptoid scum, one can pull out one single odd piece of evidence and force the opponent to explain why the evidence is wrong.

The tactic is closely related to loaded questions or leading questions (which are usually employed when using it), Gish Gallops (when asking a huge number of rapid-fire questions without regard for the answers) and Argumentum ad nauseam (when asking the same question over and over in an attempt to overwhelm refutations).

It should be noted that accusing one’s opponent of "just asking questions" is a common derailment tactic and a way of poisoning the well. Asking questions in and of itself is not invalid.

The subjective nature of this charge, and its consequent ripeness for abuse, means that deploying it can be a very inflammatory move. One side may put forward the accusation that the other side is cynically "just asking questions" and believe that they are acting in good faith, and the other side may equally strongly believe that they were asking genuine questions in good faith and the first person is the one acting in bad faith.
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Background Pony #3256
Whoever made this have no idea what Urban Dictionary or Twitter or even the original creator had to say.
According to them NPCs don’t get angry when asked Why. Some users say the Equality Village was the best example of mind control creating pony NPCs.
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