Whilst observing discussion, arguments and idle chatter over the last few years I have noticed a common pattern. This pattern occurs in certain conversations where presumptions are made about a proposition of the form "I dislike X" or "I think that people should not do Y". Such a statement is often followed by a description of X and an analysis of why the person thinks it is a bad thing.
Following such a statement the listener often makes further assumptions about how X might be avoided. This is often where problems occur. I have heard many an argument that has grown out of a misunderstanding of what (if anything) is being proposed as a response to X.
Roughly speaking I think there are various differing levels at which such a statement could be interpreted. I give examples (from my own perspective):
1) I think that X should be illegal and should carry a prison sentence.
Murder, rape and genocide...
2) I think that X should incur a fine.
3) I think that people ought to have a right to civil remediation if someone does X.
4) I think that X is wrong and people who do X should be socially ostracized/stigmatized.
People who repeatedly lie and deceive those close to them?
5) I think that X is wrong and that people who do X should be rebuked.
Cheating on someone, not helping friends out in times of need...
6) I don't like X and I think that people should be discouraged from doing X.
Reading tabloid magazines...
7) I don't like doing X myself.
Watching embarrassing movies.
8) I just don't like it. I don't know (or suggest) what to do about it [The most common by far].
Employment discrimination on the grounds of attractiveness.
A common tacit in arguments is to misrepresent what someone is proposing in response to a dislike of theirs. Examples include:
A) Someone says "I dislike pornography" and people assume that 3,2 or 1 are intended responses where 8 or 6 are more likely.
B) "I hate the way tabloids twist everything" and 3 is assumed where 6 is more likely.
C) "I don't like the idea of having an abortion" where 1 is sometimes assumed when the person may well mean 7.
So it seems to me that an awful amount of time could be saved if people did not jump to such conclusions rashly. Perhaps it would be good before you say "I don't like..." to think 'How are people going to interpret this?'.