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A chronological list of everything directly connected with contributions in one's profile page. Whenever I log in, I want to see all responses to my arguments, rebuttals etc. as well as new debate/popularity topics. Currently, I have to click the 'New argument/debate activity!' which seems to demand a lot of brain RAM.
Also, ditch the weird animated (AJAX?) login box. For some reason, I have to re-enter my credentials every visit despite telling Firefox (and ticking the form checkbox) to remember me.
Good call. Take a look at your profile, my man. If there are new arguments that should interest you (either posted to your debate or responding to one of your arguments) so can now see them all in one place:
I'd also like to have a more detailed listing of my debate activity, perhaps not on my main profile page but it'd be nice to be able to see what arguments I've posted on various debates and when their scores have changed.
An option to not oppose or favor an argument. A lot of people would like one. Although one could argue that contributing more arguments and rebuttals to a debate gives one's opinions greater weight for their side.
The ability to withdraw an up- or down-vote without having to do the opposite.
Just ran into someone who downvoted my arguments out of spite, I believe. I dunno what kind of safeguard there could possibly be, but it sucks :( Bye bye, 90% rating.
I think that I may have also been a victim of such an attack at some point. It does suck. Then again at least you know that people are reading what you're saying. Usually a low(ish) score seems to mean that you're either a) annoying or b) provocative. Or at least that's how I choose to look at it.
Another type of debate, but actually more like a poll. Currently if you want to have more than 2 options, it's impossible, and it leads towards just a comment thread. You don't know what argument won, and what lost - so the solution could be for the debate creator to have 3-5 or whatever options instead of it just turning into a comment thread.
We have a very cool feature coming that directly ties into this idea. It is in the works now. I really think its going to make the site a lot better. Hopefully it will be in production in about 2 weeks or so.
Related to the idea of new formats, how about a trial/jury system? The moderator invites two members to argue an issue. Argument rights are restricted to those two, though the public can view them. Posting of arguments could be structured: One side goes first and then the other side responds, both subject to some kind of time limit to post (say 24 hours). After a preset number of rounds the debate opens to questions from the "jury", consisting of either the public or a set of pre-registered members.
Formalizing the debate restricts participation somewhat, but I think it would improve the quality. It makes things less whimsical and more deliberate.
Each argument now has its own permalink. Click on the orange thought bubble (to the left of Favor | Oppose) to use it. Also, when reviewing arguments on a user profile, you can click on the permalink to jump directly to that argument within the debate.
Graying out the vote button after you've clicked it. I'm easily annoyed and that pop-up to tell me I've already voted seems unnecessary. Graying it out would allow people to easily see what arguments in a debate they've voted up/down.
Actually this is a feature removal request. The address book feature should not reveal the email addresses of your allies/enemies that you've made on createdebate.com. This is a privacy issue and should be resolved sooner rather than later.
An announcement feature for moderators. For example, in a debate perhaps some new article pertaining to the debate has been found and the moderator wants to bring to everyone's attention without adding a new argument for either side.
I dont like that when you go to the debate page, the sides are organized by points, then you don't know what order they were enter and someone may be responding (without directly opposing or favoring but instead by adding a new argument) to something someone or referring to something someone said earlier, but you can't tell who they are referring to. It sould be in order of when it was entered.
I like the way that it's organized by points. That way the best arguments tend to move up, and it's always gratifying to see your own argument at the top. But I do agree that there should be a way to change the way that arguments are organized. Perhaps an option at the top of the page to organize by date or score.
I'd like having an option. With a pure points system, I have a helluva time finding out where the "new argument" is in debates I've participated in. I know there's a timestamp but I don't want to have to scan all the posts and figure out which one is the new one.
I find it confusing when I want to reply to an argument by opposing or favoring an argument. So when you're favoring or opposing a particular argument, it's not the actual argument, but the side that it's on? I'd like to see it changed to opposing a particular argument and not the entire side.
THEDert, if you look at someone's profile, on the right hand side is all of the debates that person has created as well as all of the arguments that someone has posted. Is that what you're looking for?
I'd like the ability to add a "Troll" icon or a "Devil's Advocate" icon, something visual you could tag on your own argument to indicate whether you believed what you were saying. Maybe even emoticons?
Currently I can do Most Heated or Most Recent, neither of which addresses finding debates that have moderate activity that aren't brand new. I like to know what's getting action RIGHT NOW even if it isn't a popular topic.
Um, I think it might be just my computer, but when i try to rebut arguments, especially on those more longwinded, with many retorts and counter retorts, it seems createdebate pitches my argument on the wrong side regardless of weather i support or oppose the previous argument