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  • Debate Website

    Debate Website

    Does it make sense to debate on a dedicated debate website, or participate on other online channels?

    I will argue that using a debate website, especially, is the way to go vs other channels.

    I really enjoy DebateIsland, but questions often comes up when I tell others about it.
    Why can't you just use Reddit, Facebook, or Quora?
    Debate website or casual debate website?

    These are all valid questions. I will address each question below as part of my argument.

    Debate Website vs Reddit

    There is already a debate regarding using Reddit politics for debating.  
    Consensus is that using Reddit politics sub Reddit is not good for debating.
    Similar argument applies to Reddit in general.  While Reddit has lots of traffic, the branches are often distracting and not a good way to vote or see summary without reading all comments. 
    It is not as good a debate website for debating on a specific topic.
    Unlike debateIsland Reddit often has hateful comments and vulgar language. For many sub Reddits it is over-moderated and for some just the opposite.
    Vote: Debate Website

    Debate website vs Facebook or Twitter

    The main concern for using FB or Twitter is that you lose anonymity. Most people will not feel comfortable including every comment and debate on their Facebook feed.
    Debate websites allow you to create a separate profile that's not tied directly to your actual name. 
    Vote: Debate Website

    Debate Website vs Quora

    Quora is good for answering a question, but it is not really good for debating a question with a back and forth interaction.
    Vote: Debate Website

    Casual Debate website vs Formal Debate Website

    I categorize debate websites such as, as more formal websites. I feel that the audience on those sites in many cases just come to argue, not conduct a meaningful debate.  
    There are 2 debates specific to this topics,
     but in general there is consensus towards DebateIsland for casual debating vs formal debate of

    1) - Debate if users should switch to DebateIslandVote: Debate Website

    So in summary, my argument is that a debate Website, and preferably a casual debate website is the preferred method for debating online.
  • Reddit Politics - Is Reddit Politics good for online debating?

    Reddit Politics

    sub Reddit is arguably the highest volume site for discussing politics.  Reddit r/Politics site has over 8.3 million subscribers with over 8 thousand online users.

    But does it make

    Reddit Politics

    the best place to discuss and debate politics?

    Based on my experience, I will argue against it.
    1) It is difficult to have a meaningful debate on

    Reddit Politics

    , as the sub discussions quickly take you away in many directions. It is not clear what the actual consensus is, as unlike DebateIsland there is no voting on actual options.
    2) Chances are you will quickly get insulted and will have to deal with hate, vulgar language, or ignorance.  The reason we want to debate is not to get insulted, but for a civilized political discussion. I hope you have strong self esteem to survive ongoing personal attacks on Reddit Politics
    3) Moderators and Reddit Politics spam filters ofter filter comments or postings based on complex rules. Some of the other Reddit Politics sub Reddits like Neutral Politics are much more civilized, but are so extremely moderated that a submission is like passing SATs.
    4) From my experience Reddit Politics is decisively anti-Trump. I saw many posts and comments down voted just for expressing a supportive opinion towards anything positive for Trump actions. Similarly, silly anti-Trump comments got many upvotes on Reddit Politics.

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