1. Be respectful of your fellow DebateIslanders
No need to flame any debaters regardless of your side. Don't make vulgar, offensive, illegal, or profane comments/debates. Don't use foul or inappropriate language. No ad hominem - attacking your opponent's character or personal traits.
2. Your posts should be appropriate content
NSFW, hate topics, spam is strictly not allowed. Spam includes off topic/hijacking posts, bot spamming, etc . If you post links or images make sure they are safe and not copyright. If you see a post that violates these standards, please use our Flag feature for moderator to review.
3. Make your argument count
Your posts can be as short or long as you prefer. You may vote, provide a quick reaction (Agree, Disagree, Informative, etc), or a short comment. The choice is truly yours based on how you feel. That said, a quality argument will typically have the following: no major spelling/grammar errors, explanation of your position, rebuttal of your opponent points, and reference to quality sources.
4. Keep your arguments on topic
Staying on topic in your arguments is helpful. Fill free to create another debate instead of drifting too much from the original topic. When you feel there is no more to say, not saying anything, a quick reaction (Agree, Disagree, Informative, Funny, etc) or thanking your opponent is a good choice.
5. Be open to change your view in a "Persuade Me" Debate
Please keep an open mind if you are initiating a "Persuade Me" debate. We don't expect you to have a complete change of view based on other's arguments, but we do expect you to stay open to somewhat adjust your perspective. You must be clear what your view is, it must be your personal view, and provide a comprehensive explanation of why you hold this view.
If your fellow debater provided an argument that even partially changed your perspective then please accept it as "persuaded". You are encouraged to award multiple arguments as "persuaded" as long as each changes your view in some meaningful way. If rejecting an argument then please post a counter-response and always be respectful. Please commit to timely replies to arguments.
While only creator of the debate can formally accept an argument as "persuaded", all others are encouraged to fully participate in arguments and reactions. If you didn't create a debate and your view was also changed as a result of a great argument then you may use appropriate reactions to show your appreciation.
6. Customize your profile
Tell us about yourself, customize your avatar, signature, add friends, tweak notification preferences, etc. Make yourself feel at home at DebateIsland.
7. Happy Debating!
Our goal is to create the best online debate experience, not swarm you with rules. Any questions, send us a quick note at firstname.lastname@example.org or pm aarong. We love to hear from you with questions, ideas, or suggestions.