Wikipedia:Drop the stick and back slowly away from the horse carcass

In today's world, Wikipedia:Drop the stick and back slowly away from the horse carcass has become a topic of constant debate and reflection. Its relevance covers different areas of society, from politics to culture and technology. Over time, Wikipedia:Drop the stick and back slowly away from the horse carcass has demonstrated its influence and its ability to generate significant changes in various areas. Opinions on this matter are varied and often polarized, which demonstrates the importance of addressing this issue objectively and with a multidisciplinary approach. In this article, we will explore the different facets of Wikipedia:Drop the stick and back slowly away from the horse carcass and its impact today, analyzing its evolution over time and its projection into the future.

An early Wikipedian coming to the realization that dead horses can't be made to go anywhere

There comes a point in every debate where the debate itself has come to a natural end. You may have won the debate, you may have lost the debate, or you may have found yourself in a long, drawn-out draw. At this point you should drop the stick and back slowly away from the horse carcass.

If a debate, discussion, or general exchange of views has come to a natural end through one party having "won" or (more likely) the community having lost interest in the entire thing, then no matter which side you were on, you should walk away.

If you don't, if you continue to flog the poor old debate, if you try to reopen it, if you continually refer to old news, if you parade your triumph in the faces of others ... you're not really winning friends and influencing people. Instead, you are annoying everyone nearby.

  • If you have "won"‍—‌good for you. Now go about your business; don't keep reminding us that your "opponent" didn't "win".
  • If you have "lost"‍—‌sorry, hard luck. Now go about your business; don't keep reminding us that your "opponent" didn't actually "win" because of ... whatever.
  • If the debate died a natural death‍—‌let it remain dead. It is over, let it go. Nobody cares anymore. Hard to stomach, but you're going to have to live with it.

So, the next time you find yourself standing over the body of a clearly deceased horse: please don't beat it. It won't help. There is no way to beat a dead horse back to life. Let the poor animal rest in peace.

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