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The principle here is that if a commenter addresses the forum as "you people", and especially if he does it in his first comment on the site, things are likely to go downhill fast. Some variant forms:

  • All you people/folks/guys—
  • Your type --
  • You and your ilk --
  • What you people don't understand is that your position is completely flawed.
  • Looks like you people are overly invested in {topic}.
  • You people will stop at nothing to attack {my issue}.
  • This is just the sort of thing I've come to expect from you people.
  • Your type likes to throw around these pejorative labels for anybody who doesn't agree with you
  • I see the whiners are out in force
  • So much for {members of a political tendency the speaker opposes} being open-minded.
  • This place is just an echo chamber.
  • I find it interesting that many of the people on this thread {accusation of hypocrisy}.

The principle also holds true if a commenter addresses some identifiable segment of his fellow commenters that way -- for instance, in a conversation where there's some gender polarization going on, starting a comment "What the hell is wrong with you women?!" (See also: Sample Conversations)

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