I’ve been a regular on the SDMB since December of 1997. During this time, I’ve seen a lot of different posting styles. One of these styles seems to have rubbed off on me: that of taking the other person’s words and systematically replying to each concept they present separately. Being with the SDMB for so long, I adopted this style of replying to others.
I’m having second thoughts on this, though. It seems too much like “nitpicking,” taking the other person’s words apart and taking advantage of their particular wording, logic, and style of writing. So I’m asking, is this sort of reply the “norm” in the world of debating? I’ve never had a debate class, so I’d like to know. I don’t want to be seen as a person who takes advantage of others’ words, or as someone who will be “nitpicky” (is that a word?) with every post.