In an ideal world, debates on the Internet would pool people’s expertise,
experience, ideas and intelligence to come to a consensus on some technical issue.
However, this is not an ideal world. The debaters are first and foremost primates,
and the first order of business for any self respecting primate is establishing
dominance. This is why you will so frequently see these behaviours in debates:
Twisting what an opponent said to make it sound foolish.
Endlessly claiming that an opponent argued something foolish when they said
nothing of the kind.
Nit picking about spelling or grammar.
Mindlessly repeating the same argument, without even reading what others had to
say on the matter.
Refusing to acknowledge even the most obvious facts when presented by an
Pretending not to receive any well-argued post.
Bringing up over and over some error an opponent made in past.