Originally Posted by Fat boredomisbliss
Great read, logic is a very good thing
There is one thing that I have never quite understood though. I understand why comments such as "you're an idiot" are ad hominem, but not quite why comments such as "you don't play/have no experience, thus your arguments are invalid" are necessarily invalid
For example I have been pretty inactive over the last year (this is my first post in a while). Suppose I jumped into an argument and made some statements that were true a year ago, but for whatever reason are invalid today.
Or suppose some random person who had no experience but read all the "Garchomp OP" comments on the forums just decided to post that, rehashing basically everything he ever saw. He has "backed up" arguments, but due to his lack of experience does this argument actually carry substance? not really.
Not playing in itself doesn't mean you cannot make an argument for the banishment of one thing or another. The original author of this thread didn't play pokemon in the slightest (or very rarely maybe); but that didn't mean his arguments had invalid points. Quite the opposite if anything was true. Playing the metagame might give you more in-depth knowledge to use in an argument, but it isn't something you necessarily need to have.