Reddit CMV (/r/ChangeMyView reddit) has a new formidable competitor - DebateIsland Persuade Me Debate. Reddit ChangeMyView has been around since 2013 and now Reddit CMV has over 343,000 subscribers.
Users come to Reddit CMV with an open mind to seek out arguments that will have their views changed in some way. It was the best place online to do that, until July 10th 2017, when DebateIsland, popular debate website, launched an amazing Persuade Me debate option.
I will argue that DebateIsland PersuadeMe is better than Reddit CMV. I really love the new DebateIsland Persuade Me feature!
Reddit CMV not as good as DebateIsland Persuade Me - Top reasons
1) Reddit Change My View is not a debate website with multiple categories and debate features. DebateIsland is a leading debate web site, with Persuaded option seamlessly integrated for a great overall debate experience. You can participate and browse for debates in any category, and can choose between Casual or PersuadeMe format.
2) Reddit CMV is single dimensional. If a view is changed then you put a delta character as part of your comment. DebateIsland offers a full range of reactions instead. A changed view by OP warrants a winning argument, and anyone can also acknowledge their view changed by using a Persuaded reaction. Full range of other reactions such as agree, disagree, funny, fallacy, fist bump are available to express your views. Reactions are much easier and friendly to use than cryptic deltas embedded in text and picked up by a delta bot.
3) In Reddit CMV, people are not just changing their views too often. If you look at the Reddit CMV daily leaderboard, top users only have 2-4 deltas weekly. It is unusual to have daily leaderboard with more than one delta (maybe two max). That's for 340,000 users and thousands users on at any one time. One out of 340,000...a smaller chance of getting a delta than a rare disease. In contrast, DebateIsland has a much higher ratio of users being persuaded.
4) Reddit CMV is much more effort to participate in and is much more formal. Submissions must be lengthy (atleast 500 characters), you must follow very prescriptive rules or your submission will be removed (or you may even get banned). You must also commit at ChangeMyView to reply to each comment within 3 hours (hmm...what about night time?)
In contrast, DebateIsland rules are simple, but effective (rule 5 below is specific to Persuade Me debates)
5) Reddit CMV doesn't have polls. Debateisland polls are easily included in all debates and are great addition to the debate experience.
To clarify my position on this debate, I am not advocating that Reddit CMV is useless and is worse than DebateIsland for all users and all cases. I argue that DebateIsland PersuadeMe is better for most users than Reddit CMV. I also acknowledge that Reddit Change My View is a more established community, and 340,000 users over 4 years is impressive. DebateIsland is only about 6 months old, and has a smaller but exponentially growing community. That said, DebateIsland is still big and active enough to provide a great and civil overall experience that is better than Reddit CMV.