Godwin's Law

As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.

Corollary of Practicality

There is a tradition in many groups that, once this occurs, the thread is over, and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever argument was in progress. Godwin's Law thus practically guarantees the existence of an upper bound on thread length in those groups.

Gordon's Restatement of Newman's Corollary to Godwin's Law

Libertarianism (pro, con, and internal faction fights) is the primordial netnews discussion topic. Anytime the debate shifts somewhere else, it must eventually return to this fuel source.

Morgan's Corollary to Godwin's Law

As soon as such a comparison occurs, someone will start a Nazi-discussion spinoff thread on alt.censorship.

Sircar's Corollary

If the online discussion touches on homosexuality or Heinlein, Nazis or Hitler are mentioned within three days.

Van der Leun's Corollary

As global connectivity improves, the probability of actual Nazis being on the Net approaches one.

Miller's Paradox

As a network evolves, the number of Nazi comparisons not forestalled by citation to Godwin's Law converges to zero.

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