I'm looking for Internet forum software -- preferably at no cost -- that is suitable for hosting debates. I'd like something that is threaded, which allows strict moderation, and yet is fairly bare-bones. I don't want Slashdot or Reddit style voting (I don't need comment voting at all), and I don't really want the user to be able insert any HTML or crappy banners. Maybe administrator configurable emoticons, at the most.
I want the message system itself to be easily searchable, and if anything has been written for enforced constructive debate, I'd be especially interested.
posted by Chasuk
on Nov 27, 2013 -
I'm looking for a way of diagramming the component parts of ideas and arguments, and their relationships to each other, formally and visually. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet
on Sep 13, 2013 -
My friends and I are having a nearly friendly debate about the effects of superhydrophobic coatings on various items, and we've decided to look here for more input. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee
on Sep 5, 2013 -
Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman had a discussion
about economics back in October 2012 that ran for an hour and a half. What other intellectually stimulating videos exist out there? I just want to sit back and learn stuff, and so either a friendly discussion or a partisan debate (where the debaters are equally matched) could work.
posted by SollosQ
on Jan 17, 2013 -
How do you deal with someone who doesn't seem to fight fair? My mother and I often have intellectual discussions about politics, religion and ethical questions, where we often have different or even contradictory views to one another. They wind up as arguments despite my best intentions - please help me to do better! [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat
on Jan 3, 2013 -
While I've seen this older thread
, it's also a bit long in the tooth. I'm wondering if there's a better way to record video (or audio) of tonight's Presidential Town Hall debate or download a copy of it? [more inside]
posted by raihan_
on Oct 16, 2012 -
Looking for live commentary on the 2012 presidential debate because I don't know much about politics. Suggestions?
posted by Strass
on Oct 3, 2012 -
[NYC Filter]: Suggest me a bar to watch the presidential debate tonight! [more inside]
posted by Hurst
on Oct 3, 2012 -
What are examples of situations--in politics or otherwise--when someone took a question or remark that would seem to corner or embarrass them and completely reframed it, turned the tables on their attacker, instantly reversed the crowd's sentiments?
posted by shivohum
on Sep 26, 2012 -
I want to learn more about the basics of discourse and rhetoric – to understand more formally the nature of constructing arguments and interpreting them. But I'm not huge on the classics, so I feel like going directly to Aristotle would make me lose interest right away. That said, I totally love intricate or intellectual examinations of ideas, so it's not like I need a dumbed-down text, just one that's not quite so stuffily written. Can you recommend me a book that'll help me learn what I want to learn?
posted by Rory Marinich
on Jun 6, 2012 -
Help me identify a participant in a long-form debate on religion, who rebuffed a strict atheist. [more inside]
posted by Drexen
on Feb 21, 2012 -
Suppose you had to defend the thesis that the 21st Century is going to be the Chinese Century, in the way that the 20th Century is often referred to as the American Century. What arguments would you muster to support that claim? [more inside]
posted by slappy_pinchbottom
on Jan 27, 2012 -
Are there ways to continue to do college-style competitive debate after college? [more inside]
posted by LSK
on Jan 24, 2012 -
I have to publicly argue against same sex marriage in a week. Help me make logically sound arguments. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 12, 2012 -
Looking for an audio podcast (mp3) of this evening's Republican debate. I've found lots of video, but no audio.
posted by Bushmiller
on Jan 7, 2012 -
Is there live internet streaming coverage of tonight's CNBC GOP debate? I can't seem to find the link. Thanks!
posted by emily37
on Nov 9, 2011 -
What are some good political debate
podcasts? There are plenty of "preaching to the choir" types out there, both left and right, but I'm interested in topical debate with hosts and/or guests that are diametrically opposite, politically speaking. [more inside]
posted by zardoz
on Oct 31, 2011 -
Help us settle this debate: Is it socially acceptable for me to go up to a neighbor's porch and jingle the wind chime? More evidence inside. [more inside]
posted by escher
on Oct 21, 2011 -
How do I handle debating people who either ignore data-based arguments, or respond to them with anecdotes and opinions? [more inside]
posted by tempythethird
on Oct 13, 2011 -
google logic failure: Where can I watch the Fox News / Google republican debate from yesterday. I don't want highlights, just to watch the whole thing. Any help appreciated.
posted by Funmonkey1
on Sep 24, 2011 -
This is a question about intelligently discrediting racist defences, with specific regard to the statement "I'm not racist, some of my best friends are black." [more inside]
posted by The Discredited Ape
on Aug 14, 2011 -
Got into a debate with a friend regarding a math question - I think our debate reflects his misapplication of finite math reasoning to infinities, but I'm having trouble dredging up what I learned in set theory 10 years ago. Imagine you have a bag that has all of the real numbers from 0 to 2, let's say. What are the odds that if you reach into the bag you pull out a number between 0 and 1.5 ? 75%? 50%? Why? Depending on the answer to this I may have followup questions, but I'll leave it here for now. [more inside]
posted by slide
on Mar 23, 2011 -
Do you have recommendations for good readings on Just War theory and debates? Any and all perspectives welcome, from Thomas Aquinas to modern day. Links to good summaries and reviews of leading works/thinkers very good too. This is for thesis writing, so especially looking for the academic or at least erudite. Thanks very much for any tips!!
posted by zresearch
on Nov 8, 2010 -
What are the best places on the web to discuss politics that are well moderated to maintain courtesy, encourage debate to be logical and well supported, and have good rates of participation from both sides of the political spectrum?
posted by furiousxgeorge
on Aug 2, 2010 -
I'm starting a collegiate Speech and Debate Club during the last two years of my education. Everything on the policy/school government side of things seems to be panning out quite nicely, but I'm in dire need for literature. Specifically, I'm looking for one or two more book recommendations that will help me in developing the structure and defining rules for a Forensics type club. (Literature outlining the basic parameters for a typical S&D Club constitution would help too). I've gone through Robert's Rules, Competitive Debate: The Official Guide, and Pros & Cons: A Debaters Handbook. If you know of any other supplementary reads, please help me out. Thanks for your time.
posted by Steve073190
on Jun 2, 2010 -
Please tell me about a time/place in history that had some interesting political issue that was very divisive at the time. [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers
on Apr 23, 2010 -
I'm participating in a public debate in a few weeks, the topic of which is, "Resolved: The Real ID Act should be repealed." Despite my personal views (which are pretty strongly liberal), I've been assigned to argue against the resolution, meaning I have to support the Real ID act. [more inside]
posted by crookedgrin
on Apr 21, 2010 -
Hey, I'm interested in finding sites that discuss the positive and negative aspects of Che Guevara as a historical figure. They don't necessarily have to be ambivalent; editorials are definitely ok and might even be better since I'm interested more in the debate itself rather than specific historical facts. Examples might look like this
posted by bookman117
on Mar 24, 2010 -
what is the best counter-argument to the "if you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about" line of thinking regarding surveillance (both covert and overt)?
posted by radiosilents
on Feb 18, 2010 -
While moving out of an apartment my humongous couch would not fit into the elevator. With the promise of 6 flights of tight stairwell looming, I posited the following: "We're on the 5th floor and have the service elevator to ourselves. Let's put it on the 4th, put the couch on top of it, take the elevator to the basement, and carry the couch out the front of the building on the first floor." [more inside]
posted by cloax
on Dec 17, 2009 -
Will taking a logic class really help me in talking about things like socieconomic issues that are often emotionally charged? [more inside]
posted by sio42
on Nov 25, 2009 -
Name that website: annotated multi-user arguments reaching consensus? [more inside]
posted by ajp
on Jan 15, 2009 -