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It's better to use grammatically correct and conventionally accepted statements.

Beginning a response with "I agree" or "Good point" reads pleasantly, without the nails-on-chalkboard effect of the internet-nerd-herd-mind irritating-and-head-scratching-to-regular-people nerd-convention of "This".

Stupid nerds. They seem to like to demonstrate how "non-conforming" they are, but reading sites like this, or worse, reddit, shows how readily they imitate one big nerd group.

And the user "mindcrime", commenting elsewhere in this thread, is a fine specimen for my above points:

  ... I'm the kind of person who likes doing things 
  differently, just to irk people like you. I don't see
  much value in blind adherence to tradition for
  tradition's sake. I like killing sacred cows, stirring
  the pot...

  ... I'm a radically individualistic anarcho-capitalist /
  libertarian / atheist type, so I'm just a touch outside 
  of what you might call mainstream...
Oh yes, so "radically individualistic." More like his internet-Dawkins atheism is keeping him in a perpetual mental state of rebellion, so that he feels the need to "kill sacred cows" towards people he doesn't even know, by "stirring the pot." The attitude and nerd-rebellion with grammar is comical.

I think this points to why I dislike "this": it doesn't flow in a normal conversation. Imagine talking to someone in person and responding to a point by stating "this." You use "this" to show people something they hadn't noticed before, not something they just said.

Well put. (See? Another variation that doesn't make you sound like a boring idiot.)

The internet wasn't so meme-infested ten years ago (except for silly videos), even five years ago. I really think Reddit is to blame.

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