Read through the items below to answer common questions about this site. If you still
have questions, feel free to Contact Us. We're just
getting started here, so we'll be adding to this section based on the questions that we
get most often.
Think of an opinion board as somthing that you can use to organize
and your sources. You can create an opinion board for
anything you want! Anything from who you think should win the next presidential
election, your thoughts on global warming, or even why you think the Cubs are
going to win the world series this year.
Let's take global warming as an example. If you're browsing the web and you
come across a great blog article, you can post it to your opinion board
as a way to organize that source. You can post anything - blog articles,
wikipedia entries, NOAA website pages, whatever you want.
You can use opinion boards for two purposes - to organize your thoughts and sources
around an existing opinion you have, or to help form an opinion on a topic
you're researching. It's up to you! Either way, you can always share your boards
with friends on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.
We think that opinion boards are a great way to organize your thoughts,
sources and opinions on topics that matter to you. Organizing your
sources can have a great impact on the quality of your arguments
on an issue, and you'll probably learn somthing new while posting
to your boards and viewing boards that other members have built.
Plus, if you have your sources organized in one spot, you can find them
easily. In a debate about global warming with a friend? Pull up
your opinion board to have your best sources at your fingertips. No more
hunting on Google to pull up that article you read a month ago, searching
your browser history or cluttering your existing browser bookmarks.
If the argument is rational, free of falacies, and backs up purported facts with reliable
you should NOT mark the argument as irrational or flag it as inappropriate.
Obviously, if the argument is irrational or inappropriate, you should flag it as such.
If you simply don't like or don't agree with a rational argument on this site, the best thing
for you to do is to either create a new argument for an opposing viewpoint, or comment on the
argument. Commenting is best when you have a few quick remarks to add. Creating a new argument
is better when you are countering an argument with another argument.
First, before marking something as irrational, be honest - is the argument or comment actually
irrational, or do you just disagree with what the author is saying? If the content is truly
irrational, then please mark it as irrational by clicking on the irrational icon:
click the flag icon:
After clicking the icon, a dialog will appear that will allow you to enter a reason why you think the item
should be flagged. Flagging an item will alert a site administrator. If the administrator determines that
If your argument or comment is marked irrational, the text will be hidden. If this happens to one of
your arguments, don't worry - you can still change it!
First, take a look at the reasons other people have marked your argument or comment as irrational. You
can do this by clicking the 'view' link at the bottom under the dashed line.
Next, edit your argument or comment to make it rational. This could be done by eliminating
any fallacies, or by simply making sure that all facts you
present are backed up by credible sources.
After you're finished editing your argument or comment, make an appeal by clicking on the link provided
on the argument or comment page. A dialog box will appear allowing you to say why you think your
argument or comment is now rational. Be sure to be rational when entering this text! The overall
appeal, including the existing irrational flags, your updates, and your appeal text will be taken
into account when the administrator is deciding. Once the administrator has decided, you will receive
an email saying whether or not your appeal was accepted or denied. If you appeal is accepted, all
of the irrational flags will be removed and your argument or comment will appear normally on the site.
However, if you appeal is denied, you will need to start your editing process over and appeal again.
If your appeals keep getting denied, or if you simply don't want to appeal, you can always
delete your argument or comment. Simply click the delete link at the top of your argument or comment's
page. Deleting your argument or comment will improve your rationality percentage.
This is a question that we've been thinking through since TheRationalDebate was first
designed. Check out
this post on TheRationalDebate blog
to see how we're addressing preventing people from abusing the irrational icon.
Connecting your account to Facebook is easy! If you don't have an account yet, just look for the
'Sign in with Facebook' button on the
pages. If you do have an account, logout and click the 'Sign in with Facebook'
Once you are connected, your Opinion Board posts can be shared to facebook automatically!
If you don't want a particular post to show up on Facebook, just uncheck the Facebook icon
before you post.
If you want to disconnect from facebook, simply remove TheRationalDebate from your list
of apps on Facebook.
If you've forgotten your password, click the 'Forgot your password?' link. You can also
get to the forgot password page
A page will come up that will allow you to enter your email address. You'll get an email that will give
you instructions on how to reset your password.
You can also click the
'Didn't receive confirmation instructions?'
link on the Sign Up page. If you're still having problems confirming your account after attempting
to resend the confirmation email, please