Debate Tips

  • Divide the debate into its constituent points – perhaps think of the five reasons why you are right and list each in turn.

  • Write a compelling headline, one which summarises the point you want to make and encourages readers to find out more.

  • Keep the substantiation as succinct as possible. Most people prefer short, punchy, points

  • Reference your sources. To do so, wrap them in double square brackets: Eg [[Freud, The Ego and the Id, 1923]]

  • Never abuse your opponent. Whilst their views may be completely different to yours they have a right to hold and express those views. Plus, people will vote you down if they think you’re being rude.

  • Attack the argument, not the person

  • Don’t worry about getting it perfect. All debates are a work in progress; you can come back and improve it later or allow others to improve it now. It is far, far, better to get a debate going than to put it off because "it’s not quite ready".

  • Remember, your audience are those people who haven’t made up their mind yet, use logic and reason to persuade them.

  • Stick to the subject being debated, if the existing debate doesn’t cover precisely what you’d like to talk about create a related debate.

  • Don’t underestimate the value of good grammar and correct spelling.

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