Debatepedia is a wiki encyclopedia of pro and con arguments and quotations in important public debates from around the world. It is considered "the Wikipedia of debate", helping the world centralize arguments and quotations found in millions of different articles, essays, and books into a single encyclopedia, so that citizens can better understand important public debates and make informed choices. Join this cause and community and become an editor of the site. Your efforts will improve your own thinking and have a major impact on the way thousands of other citizens draw conclusions. Get started
Debatepedia is a "citizen journalism" project. It is an environment where you and other citizen journalists can take action as editors.
It is important for you to understand, therefore, the global movement that is citizen journalism, and how you can engage in it and why it is a game-changing phenomena for the future of information-sharing in our world. We would like to introduce you to the many citizen-journalism projects going on around the world as well as other IDEA citizen journalism projects, such as IDEA radio, Idebate Encyclomedia, IDEA blog, the 2008 Citizen Journalism Institute in Turkey, and other initiatives. See the Citizen Journalism Portal to learn more.
Featured IDEA projects
Idea Houses - IDEA is attempting to develop Idea Houses in selected locations throughout its network around the world to promote civic participation, youth-community interactions, and debate and dialogue.
Debatepedia is a small, but growing community of editors. The tasks involved in producing this encyclopedia of debates and arguments are large and important to the community. In order to oversee these tasks, we need to establish a core of administrators on the site with the special powers to regulate the work of the Debatepedia community. Consider editing on Debatepedia and working toward achieving the trust of the community and earning the status of an administrator. Contact Brooks Lindsay to nominate yourself.
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.
Banning religious political parties - This is a new debate with no content. Start by building a pro/con resources section and draw arguments and quotations from these resources, documenting them on the debate page.
NAFTA - Pro pro/con articles at the bottom of this article need to be read and argument-quotations from them need to be cut-and-pasted into this debate article and its argument pages. Some arguments also need argument summaries or summarizing-quotes.
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.
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.
31,057 articles. Debate pages, argument pages (for supporting evidence in the form of quotes, studies, links...), encyclopedia pages, team pages, and organization pages.
Over 450 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.