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Debate.org
Debate
Debate.org's logo

URL

www.debate.org

Slogan

The premier online debate website

Commercial?

Yes

Type of site

Debate forum

Registration

Required for posting

Owner

Juggle, LLC

Alexa rank

18,524 [1]


Debate.org (often abbreviated as DDO, standing for Debate Dot Org) is an online debate and social networking website owned by Juggle, LLC[2]. It's motto is "The Premier Online Debate Website". It provides a platform that allows users to discuss with eachother about controversial topics. As of January 2015, there are 219,606 users on debate.org.[3]

Juggle

The logo of Juggle, the company that owns Debate.org

History

Debate.org was founded by Phillip and Crystal Ferreira of Webcorp, LLC in the summer of 2007. Juggle, LLC later purchased the website from Phillip, announcing the decision in December 2010. [4] While Juggle originally ran a debate website in a poll format similar to CreateDebate, it was closed in favor of getting merged into Debate.org as the Opinions section.

Features

Debates

Debate.org focuses on debates, where two users pick sides to discuss a certain controversial topic on a round-by-round basis. [5] A debate goes through the challenge period, when it is open to be accepted by users that fit the criteria set by the instigator of the debate; the debating period, when the debating takes place; the voting period, when eligible members of the community decide on a winner through voting, and the post voting period, when the winner is announced. [5] As of May 17, 2014, there were 40,416 total debates on the website. [6] The burden of proof is sometimes used in debates by experienced members.

Forums

Debate.org also contains a forums section, including sub forums for topics such as politics or religion. [7]

Opinions

Main article: Opinions

The "opinions" section of debate.org includes user-defined topics, where members can post their opinions about a topic, along with a reason explaining why. The opinions posted are divided into two groups: "Yes" and "No".

Polls

Main article: Polls

The "polls" section includes polls similar to the opinions in the opinions section, except more than two sides are allowed, and users do not need to include a reason to submit a response to a poll.

Criticism

Debate.org user FrizzStammberger has accused the website's community of having a pro-atheist slant. According to the user, the majority of the users on the website were atheists,[8] and that they were "hostile to Christianity". [9]

According to the atheist user Qopel, vote bombers who unfairly vote are responsible for some of his lost debates. He further accuses a list of users of being vote bombers. [10]

Alleged Unfair Bans

User Jifpop09 has accused the website's lead Admin, Airmax1227, of banning him unfairly. He accuses the admin of having personal opinions on him that he claims to have caused the ban, and that Airmax banned him when he was "on his bad side".[11] He calls one of the reasons for his bans, conduct violations, a "double standard". He also states that some of the reasons for his ban were actions done a long time ago, and believes that Airmax1227 has failed to give him a warning and a second chance before his ban. [12]

Lack of intellectual discussion

The website has been criticized by xXCryptoXx for a perceived lack of intellectual discussion. The perceived excessive focus on the forums and mafia forum games were criticized as distracting from intellectual discussion. The user has also criticized noob sniping and the increased popularity of rap battles, which he believed to be excessive. He also states that important forums, such as the economics, politics, society, and philosophy forums are lacking in activity. xXCryptoXx encourages users to participate in debate and make the website serve as "an intellectual community".[13]

References

  1. http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/debate.org
  2. http://www.debate.org/about/company/
  3. http://www.debate.org/about/demographics/
  4. http://www.debate.org/forums/debate.org/topic/8821/
  5. 5.0 5.1 http://www.debate.org/help/faq/
  6. http://www.debate.org/about/demographics/
  7. http://www.debate.org/forums/
  8. http://www.debate.org/debates/There-are-more-atheists-than-theists-on-debate.org/1/
  9. http://www.debate.org/debates/Debate.org-is-crawling-with-atheists-hostile-to-christianity/1/
  10. http://www.debate.org/forums/Debate.org/topic/24052#1131095
  11. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-hUy2QCOx6TvpgMfnFldpoDMRBqzlU--t0I1Ii9cKJY/edit?pli=1
  12. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-hUy2QCOx6TvpgMfnFldpoDMRBqzlU--t0I1Ii9cKJY/edit?pli=1#heading=h.4pld1t85okdp
  13. http://www.debate.org/forums/debate.org/topic/46704/

See also

External links

Official Debate.org Website


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