Over on Meta Stack Overflow I wrote this answer that starts with the following statement:

we shouldn't care about attitudes of users.

That is not a statement which is true for me or how readers should understand it.

I think I want to make clear that the statement is an hyperbole.

In my first iteration I wrote:

In an over general way stated: we shouldn't care about attitudes of users.

which was declared as quite awkward

Other suggestions were:

In an overly general way

In the end I decided on

Generally (meant as an hyperbole)

but that still feels as not the correct way to state that.

How can I correctly convey in a single, short sentence that my first statement is a broad generalization/hyperbole and not (necessarily) my own opinion?

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    "If I dare to exaggerate, ..." Sep 13 '15 at 12:45
  • @Rene I would point out that it's an hyperbole in some kinda footnote. Did you consider doing it that way? It doesn't need to be that obvious, nor that straightforward. For instance, take a look at what I did here.
    – M.A.R.
    Sep 13 '15 at 16:14
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it asks for strategic writing advice. Sep 13 '15 at 17:04
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    Terms like hyperbole or exaggeration or joke just slow things down. They tell the reader what you don't mean—at the very point where it's important to set up what you do mean. If I were going to use the don't care piece I would open something like this: If a post doesn't cross the line into misbehavior we shouldn't care about the poster's underlying attitude. That immediately tells your readers the domain within which your provocative statement applies, and reassures them that you recognize a domain within which it does not. Sep 13 '15 at 17:06
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    @StoneyB I didn't realize I was ready for strategic writing advice. I like your suggestion though, tnx for that.
    – rene
    Sep 13 '15 at 18:30

You could pose a rhetorical question that states an extreme position:

Should we give a damn what users think?

And then answer your question however you see fit:

No, we shouldn't.
Of course we should.

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