What is the other 'law' - sometimes rendered as 'anybody who brings in a reference to Hitler (or Stalin/other unpleasant person of choice) that does not flow logically from the previous discussion has automatically lost the argument'? There is probably a generic 'pull out the plug' phrasing. 184.108.40.206 (talk) 18:41, 3 December 2012 (UTC)
- Godwin's law. If there's one about Stalin then I don't know the name of it. SophieWilder 18:44, 3 December 2012 (UTC)
Stalin was brought into the version I was given (there may be others).
- Yes...but we're not in the business of creating laws. These are laws that were coined by others, some of them well over ten years ago, that have become part of the internet vernacular through memetics and popularity. -- Seth Peck (talk) 19:09, 3 December 2012 (UTC)
- Interesting that the only still-living sources appear to be Urban Dictionary and RationalWiki. The entry appears to be valid, however, as UD cites www.iidb.org which redirects to talkatheism.org. --Seth Peck (talk) 16:41, 12 February 2013 (UTC)
Searching for arken on talkatheism gets me "Sorry - no matches. Please try some different terms." UD says:"While it was Arken who came up with the idea that Orwellian references are much abused, it was someotherguy who suggested that a law similar to Godwin's be applied." Googling arken and someotherguy gets multiple copypastes of the same blurb, and this thread on abovetopsecret. I call madeupcrap. SophieWilder 17:57, 12 February 2013 (UTC)
- There oughtta be a law, though. I see slight use of this out in the wider Internet under the name "Arken's Law", so it's not completely madeupcrap from RW - or if it is, it's metastasised - David Gerard (talk) 21:17, 12 February 2013 (UTC)
I can't help but notice it rhymes with "Arkansas". (This is probably just a coincidence, though. I haven't verified the origin of the name for myself, and have no evidence that the name was intentionally chosen for the resulting pronunciation.) Chrstphrchvz (talk) 02:35, 9 July 2019 (UTC)