Please give this app a battle feature

October 14, 2015, 8:33 pm

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The debate "Please give this app a battle feature" was started by Triz on October 14, 2015, 8:33 pm. 34 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 0 person is 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.

Triz posted 2 arguments, Alex posted 1 argument, Sosocratese posted 1 argument to the agreers part.


Triz, Alex, stevenchen, Anas, anirudh7, sidhant, Sosocratese, joeithn, AstroSpace, ylmzemrah, Hitmenjr, dominanter, omactivate, wayneSPEC, ISI, Spy, Ghauri, Sunni, Gandalf and 15 visitors agree.
Nobody disagrees.

Debate.org has a feature like that. It allows a user to generate a topic of his/her choosing. They then pick either pro or con, then other users are able to challenge them on the subject and the creator selects their opponent. Other users give points based on the sources provided, the strength of the arguments, the spirit of the argument (respect), logical fallacies, who they agreed with pre and post debate, etc... For each category they pick who won or of they tied points are awarded and then added up to give a winning score. So the opinion on the subject matter itself is just a small fraction of the points.

The arguments are done in rounds of 4-8 rounds consisting of argument, rebuttals, new arguments, rebuttals..... Conclusion. Users are forced to cite their sources due to the fact that a lot of points rest on citing quality sources. The quality of the argument is often judged by the quality of the sources provided so its a very level playing field as no one can simply make unfounded claims to make an argument.

There was one debate where someone defended child rape based on moral nihilistic principles. It was super interesting since no one could possibly say that they would agree with the conclusion, but the individual arguing for child rape actually won the debate simply based on the strength of the arguments. You had to give them the vote on stronger arguments, better sources better etiquette, less fallacious claims, etc... It shows that if you force people to score on something other than agree or disagree they will actually award points to the better debater even in extreme cases such as child rape.

It's a feature I was really hoping to see here at some point.

3 years, 5 months ago

we could take the names off the arguments so you won't know who said what til after the vote

3 years, 5 months ago

I think the crowd would be super bias and vote on their opinion. but still a good idea.

3 years, 5 months ago

where maybe you can nominate debaters to go head-to-head on hot topics, and the crowd will vote who gave the better argument

3 years, 5 months ago
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