gzt: This kind of idea gets mentioned in multiple topics. It is not really related to this topic either. Also it is something that some people have a strong reaction to and tends to drag any particular topic off topic and tends to attract godwins.
Either one is not really a good contribution to the discussion.
At this point the only thing worse than seeing posts about this - is seeing the replies ; ).
Possibly you are correct.
Personally I just find it very silly that entire discussions can get stopped as soon as certain subjects are mentioned. It amounts to a form of thought control that seems a bit sinister. Mr Godwin has a lot to answer for.
Mind you, it is possible that it is often misinterpreted as meaning "you can't ever speak about anything that might be related to what Godwins Law is about" rather than what the man himself actually says it is:
"Although deliberately framed as if it were a law of nature or of mathematics, its purpose has always been rhetorical and pedagogical: I wanted folks who glibly compared someone else to Hitler or to Nazis to think a bit harder about the Holocaust", Godwin has written.