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2 Post author: mirefek 05 November 2017 12:48PM

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Comment author: ChristianKl 24 January 2018 09:39:16PM 0 points [-]

Most of the comments provide arguments without referencing any sources to back up their claims. The result is that this system filters for popular arguments instead of filtering for arguments that can be well supported by sources.

Comment author: kialo 03 February 2018 01:13:50PM 0 points [-]

An argument might also be deductive in nature and might very well not need sources. In other cases there are claims where sources might not add anything to a claims veracity/relevance, e.g. sources to pro homeopathy sites. It's the what are good sources problem...

Kialo's aim is to have viewpoint diversity and to also engage with the bad claims, which indeed might be very popular.

You are able to switch between perspectives and see how different people reason and vote the claims. We will release persona tagging to show aggregates of this. The avg being shown today isn't ideal.

We'd agree, that we still have to improve the displaying of the "results" of a discussion. One step at a time, currently we are improving the "capturing" of discussions and are revamping the whole suggestion system, to allow for better bidirectional communication: https://support.kialo.com/hc/en-us/articles/115003791445-Suggesting-Claims

Comment author: ChristianKl 04 February 2018 10:34:36PM 0 points [-]

In world-class debating, sources don't matter and as a result what side of a topic a team gets at a debating tournament usually doesn't define whether the team loses or wins.

Grounding in empirical reality is important to getting policy decisions right.