I claim that the kinds of rhetoric used at this talk page are organized to decrease tension making the conversation sound nicer and more productive, and make a statement clear at the beginning of a conversation.
- The first main strategy is the creation an atmosphere of fruitful and nice conversation, using nice words and trying to rely on descent resources. This strategy is also widely used in debates.
I want to discuss this strategy because it helps to decrease tension and anger in a conversation and increase acceptance of an editor’s positions or thoughts by an opponent.
I saw that strategy used many times by CaseyPenk, Kapitaenk, and Morphzone.
- CaseyPenk, an editor of PlayStation 4 page talk, used it by saying gratitude words or expressing hesitation of an editor’s point in polite manner at the beginning of the first sentence of the first paragraph. Then, she used references of valid sources and logic to prove her statement.
- ·Here’s a quote showing how she used it, “I’m just not sure which is the official name, if either one is the official name. So I would hesitate at trying to pick one”. Another example, CaseyPenk uses such phrases as “Good idea.”; “Thanks for bringing this up.”; “I believe you are right.”; “Thanks for the link”. Then, she says her opinion and position which usually show her disagreement or necessity of improvement of her opponent’s topic, idea, issue, etc. To make ideas and conclusions reasonable she provides links as well as most other editors. To make ideas sound logical she uses such words and expressions as; “My understanding is that…”; “I noticed that…”; “suppose”; “So let’s stick with…”; etc.
GoneIn60, an editor of PlayStation 4 page talk, used this strategy in a different way. He provided gratitude at the end of his talk.
- There is an example, “… I appreciate that you’ve responded to state your case, but let’s give others a chance to chime in to see what the consensus is”.
It’s interesting that this strategy came up so often because it might increase an acceptance of a suggestion, idea, or position. Moreover, it also makes conversation nice and polite.
2. The second main strategy I want to discuss is the strategy of putting a claim of policy at the first or the second sentence of the first paragraph.
I want to discuss this strategy because this makes the main idea and conversation clear right away. Moreover, this strategy helps easily find support or evidence of the claim and decide whether it is valid or not.
I saw that strategy used many times by GoneIn60, Anexanhume, and Andrededits.
- GoneIn60, an editor of PlayStation 4 page talk, used it to reinforce other editors to pay attention on sources they use to prove what they assume.
- GoneIn60 claims, “This statement is an assumption and shouldn’t be included unless a reliable source supports it. The reason is that…”
Cncxbox, an editor of PlayStation 4 page talk, used that strategy in a different way. He asks few questions and then provides a claim of policy.
- Cncxbox used it saying, “We do not yet know which architecture the PS4 CPU is using from AMD, why are we assuming that it’s based on the “Jaguar” APU? Could just be that the CPU used is just a codename and has nothing to do with the AMD APU? I think that should be clearly stated as there’s no information that confirms that it uses the tablet CPU”.
It is interesting that this strategy came up so often because it provides an introduction to a topic and issue. After that, claim of policy is clear and reasonable.