The debate "Debate Wars right now has the perfect amount of people for an app like this" was started by
May 23, 2015, 1:58 am.
25 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 8 people are on the disagree side.
That might be enough to see the common perception.
It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.
Damn3d posted 2 arguments, I_Voyager posted 2 arguments, PsychDave posted 2 arguments to the agreers part.
toughgamerjerry, PsychDave, Damn3d, ibrahim, Superr1fifty, soullesschicken, WordSpeller, I_Voyager, GetRekt, jedty, DanielleR123, debunked26, Sumerian and 12 visitors agree.
jonatron5, Socrateezus, sdiop, PhoenixF1re and 4 visitors disagree.
For the sake of honesty, it was taken from various sites that browse that use the nested response in comment sections (news sites, Web comics, etc) so I didn't really think it up.
I did pitch a number of ideas at the admin, including one-on-one debates. I don't want to summarize them here, it was a long list of structured ideas... It'd probably be better to keep the public forum nature of this app for reasons Psychdave mentioned. But I bet if a hundred or a thousand people were using this app frequently, we could still find ways to participate in narrow conversations with groups of people. I like Psychdave's new idea too.
The problem I see is that you might not get a fair debate if it was first come first serve with limited space. If everyone on one side who voted first had no interest in taking part in the discussion, there is no voice for that perspective. Also, trolls could create fake accounts and take up all of the spots on one side of a debate and intentionally throw it. I don't know if anyone would care enough to bother doing so, but if there was a cap on participants.
An alternative method would be sub-debates under the topic. If I wanted to respond to a specific claim or argument, I do so directly and it nests the response indented under the original comment. That would allow meaningful dialogue without limiting participants. If they were minimized by default, people wouldn't have to read every response unless they wanted to see where a line of debate led.
Maybe if the first x amount of people to vote or comment would be allowed to debate while the rest could still view the discussion and vote. Or, there could also be one on one debates. But I feel as if people enjoy a public forum more. Just some ideas.
Hypothetically, what would it take for an app like this to support more people? If you wanted to be able to have meaningful debates there would be a maximum number of participants. Maybe you could have ten times more people, if only maybe ten people could participate in the debate.
I would say it's not designed for a whole lot of people. It would be very difficult to debate in the comments section if 50 people all tried to comment at once. Nevertheless, it would be nice to have more people