[Blog note: this is a comment policy post, and thus obviously not a rerun.]

My beloved Scott Alexander has popularized the concept of motte and bailey.

Unfortunately, y’all have abused your right to use this concept to instead be like “well, my strawman is totally justified because the reasonable point the person I’m arguing with is making is the motte, and my strawman is the bailey!” It is annoying me, and I am the Lord High Dictator of my blog comments and I am allowed to ban things that annoy me.

So no more using the words “motte” and “bailey”, or things which are really obviously substitutes for the words “motte” and “bailey”, unless you also present evidence that the bailey is a belief stated by either the person you are arguing with or a significant number of prominent members of the group you disagree with.

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