Debatepedia is a wiki project of the International Debate Education Association (IDEA) and Georgetown University students and alumni with the mission to act as the "Wikipedia of debate and deliberation". It improves your ability to think through the complicated issues and debates you care about, take a confident stand, and take action as a citizen. An important way to take action is by participating as an editor on the site, where you can create new debates, build and organize pro and con arguments, and present supporting evidence (quotes, studies, links) from your readings all so that you can better deliberate. Your efforts, in turn, will also improve the ability of a wide audience of citizens, leaders, and decision-makers to deliberate and draw reasoned conclusions. As such, we believe Debatepedia will help fix an apparent deficit of balanced reasoning and deliberation within the public and among leaders today. Get startedDebatepedia is endorsed by the United States' National Forensic League.
Browse through Debatepedia's main categories to explore its contents and areas of interest to you. Go to Debatepedia's contents page to see all of its categories, portals, and other contents.
Get involved by joining the Debatepedia mailing list. Keep up-to-date on the development of this unique movement, interact with the founders, and learn how you can powerfully impact public-thinking by volunteering as an editor.
Debatepedia is partnering with the Economist.com, structuring and archiving their new Online Debate Series. These are great demonstrations of how Debatepedia's pro/con "logic tree" can break down a topic for enhanced deliberation.
Debatepedia is now offering qualified high-school and university students unique non-pay, online internship opportunities in 2008.
Interns are given the highest editorial responsibility and privilege to research, write, and polish a debate article of their choosing each week that will be featured on the main page here and read by thousands of visitors to the site. It is an opportunity to apply and develop research and writing skills, absorb important information surrounding debates of interest, and have a substantial public impact, all with the flexibility of being anywhere online. See internships for details. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
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Why volunteer your editorial abilities on Debatepedia
As a wiki like Wikipedia and an open-source movement, Debatepedia's socially important content is developed by editors like you - students, citizens, debaters, professors, experts, and thinkers. Here's why you should join our community of editors:
Help yourself deliberate as a citizen: As an editor, you can engage intensely in deliberating on the most important issues and debates you care about.
Debatepedia's enables you as an editor to ideally frame, in its "logic tree", the salient arguments and evidence so that you can deliberate effectively.( Browse contents) And, if a debate of interest to you doesn't exist, but that you want to deliberate on, you can create it.
Help thousands of other citizens deliberate: In the same way that you can help yourself deliberate more effectively by framing arguments and evidence on Debatepedia, you can also help thousands of other citizens that read the articles you contribute to. This public service is highly important, and worthy of the respect of your readers and peers. If you are an expert, scholar, or debater in any area, consider volunteering your time for these reasons.
Affect decision-making: Debate articles are held to the objective of achieving "briefing quality" (or feature debate status), and can and will be used by leaders and their staff to weigh the pros and cons and make decisions. This is people to power.
Join an editorial community of like-minded scholars, students, debaters, advocats, and thinkers: By acting as an editor, you can develop a profile and communicate with other editors, and join a vibrant community of like-minded citizens.
How to become an editor
Because Debatepedia is a wiki, it depends on building a community of editors. Here's some ways for you to join in:
Copyedit an article - fix spelling, grammar, and make small edits.
Build content Help research and write pros and cons on debates you care about. Start by researching and reading pro/con articles outside of Debatepedia, and quoting arguments made by the authors as pro/con "evidence" on Debatepedia.
Suggest or start a new debate article. If you think a new debate should exist on Debatepedia, you can suggest it on the Community Forum or you can simply start the article yourself (you don't need permission).
Patrol Recent Changes To see what changes are happening minute-to-minute, go to the recent changes page, and join a real-time editorial effort on an article.
Follow your interests. What debates are you interested in? Read and build-content around those interests.
Facts about Debatepedia
A wiki just like Wikipedia where anyone can edit and document debates, arguments, evidence, quotes, studies and more.
Nearly 3,000 articles. Debate pages, argument pages (for supporting evidence in the form of quotes, studies, links...), encyclopedia pages, team pages, and organization pages.
Over 500 existing, well-developed pro/con debate articles from IDEA's famous Debatabase, written by expert debaters and professionals over the past 7 years (now you can edit them).
A growing community of over 20,000 idebate.org registered users.