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Category talk:Bullshit

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While it is often funny, I think we should reduce use of this category, we are already reducing use of the template. Thoughts, accusations, comments? ТyTalk. 03:16, 18 February 2011 (UTC)

What, exactly, qualifies as bullshit? I like it for cheap rhetorical techniques (like JAQing off) and general corruption (ratfucking), but some stuff could go (deregulation?) and maybe we could take people out of the category entirely. But we need to define bullshit better.
It's YAAFTCE-yet another artifact from the cabal era, along with batshit crazy and most of garbagefunspace. I say remove what you like. ТyTalk. 03:38, 18 February 2011 (UTC)
We could narrow it down in accordance with Harry Frankfurt's definition of "bullshit," i.e., a statement made with little regard to whether it is true or not. Mjollnir.svgListenerXTalkerX 04:10, 18 February 2011 (UTC)
Sounds fine to me. ТyTalk. 04:11, 18 February 2011 (UTC)
Another suggestion would be separate categories for bullshit and shysters. Mjollnir.svgListenerXTalkerX 04:16, 18 February 2011 (UTC)
Like pseudoscience and pseudoscience promoters? Hmm, could work. ТyTalk. 04:17, 18 February 2011 (UTC)

The way of Insufferable assholes and Batshit crazy[edit]

This category falls squarely as useless as Category:Insufferable assholes (see AfD) and Category:Batshit crazy (see AfD), but it's a little more elaborate, being pretty decorated and has sub-categories nested in there (though Category:Bullshit-related stubs has only two members. I'd advocate for deleting this). Everything is a messy conglomeration of tangentially related topics (related only because they're missional basically). I haven't done the AfD yet because there's one existing right now, but once I get it rolling, I'll use that post as a reason. --It's-a me, Lgm sigpic.png LeftyGreenMario! 02:24, 12 May 2018 (UTC)