At the Software Development Best Practices conference yesterday, I went to a session on Human-Centered Risk Management.  It was totally fascinating!  One topic that was discussed was Rhetorical fallacies.

Rhetorical fallacies, or fallacies of argument, don’t allow for the open, two-way exchange of ideas upon which meaningful conversations depend.  Instead, they distract the reader with various appeals instead of using sound reasoning. They can be divided into three categories:

  • Emotional fallacies unfairly appeal to the audience’s emotions.
  • Ethical fallacies unreasonably advance the writer’s own authority or character (personal attack).
  • Logical fallacies depend upon faulty logic.

Here’s a pretty good article on the subject.


Ok, this is embarrassing.  I have a watchdog app monitoring my server from another box, which sends sms messages to my cellphone.  One of the test is for the words “Welcome to my eWorld” to appear on the front page, which my old site didn’t have.

I don’t know why the watchdog’s alert emails weren’t being sent out, but now they are.  Hundreds of them.  The fun part?  I’m away at a conference, and the box running the watchdog requires a certificate to SSH to it, which I don’t have on my work laptop (for good reason).  So the best solution I could come up with was to put “Welcome to my eWorld” on my front page.  I’ll fix it when I get home.  It’s either that or turn off my phone.