Wednesday, December 20, 2006


Quinn's Law

Quinn's Law is a 'corollary' to Godwin's Law, the popular Internet culture adage. It was first proposed on the Slashdot website on Friday, May 26, 2006 by someone using the screen name Kluenitou. Quinn's Law can be stated:

As a Slashdot discussion grows longer, the probability of a Microsoft bashing [post] approaches one.[1]

This corollary was issued in response to a humorous post[2] that bemoaned the numerous Slashdot posts criticizing Microsoft. Slashdot has been criticized[3] for having a collective bias against some companies (mostly Microsoft). Microsoft has been criticized for ease-of-use, reliability, and security problems[4] with its flagship operating system Windows. Microsoft has also been criticized for its business practices[5], such as the "embrace, extend and extinguish" strategy, special price-breaks given to hardware vendors who only sold computers with Microsoft Windows, its several acquisitions, and its alleged spread of fear, uncertainty and doubt regarding the rival Linux operating system.

See also: Godwin's Law - the Internet culture adage to which Quinn's Law is a corollary; Criticism of Microsoft;

References:^ Quin, Victor J. (2006-05-26). The 25 Worst Tech Products of . Slashdot. Retrieved on 2006-05-28.; ^ RapmasterT (2006-05-26). The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time. Slashdot. Retrieved on 2006-05-28.;^ Criticism section of the Wikipedia page about Slashdot; ^ Products section of Wikipedia's 'Criticism of Microsoft' article; ^ Business Practices section of Wikipedia's Criticism of Microsoft article

External links: Slashdot post where Quinn's Law is first mentioned

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