Useful Definitions

An assumption is information you believe to be true without evidence. Links to reliable sources elsewhere on the Internet can make your assumptions stronger. Challenging an assumption of your opponent usually means presenting a different assumption or well-known fact.

The conversation map represents each point as a circle. Moving your mouse over a circle gives you more information about it in the section labeled “Selected Point”. Click on a point to make it the selected point. Double-click on a point to load several of its responses. To customize your view of the conversation map, you may hide and unhide branches of the tree. The selected point will have a yellow square around it in the conversation map.

A counterpoint is a point that opposes another point. Counterpoints can focus on a fact, an assumption, or the logic of the selected point.

Credibility is a measure of a member’s contributions. We divide credibility into two categories: local credibility and global credibility.

Document-based conversations start with an article, transcript, or blog post. Rather than being able to only comment at the end of the document, participants can comment on each paragraph of the document. This creates a much more efficient way for the author to sort through the comments. The paragraphs of the original document show up in the conversation map in Column A.

A fact is a verifiable unit of information. The best way to provide support your proposed fact is to include a link to evidence from a reliable source. Challenging your opponent’s facts usually means presenting strong counterevidence.

Global credibility is the sum of all of a member’s local credibility from all sides of all conversations.

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Local credibility measures a member’s contributions on one particular side of one conversation. In measuring local credibility, each member starts at 1. We add a value of 1 to a member’s local credibility when he or she publishes a high-quality point (3.5 or higher). We subtract a value of 0.5 from a member’s local credibility when he or she publishes a low-quality point (lower than 2.5). (See also global credibility)

Logic is sound when built on a solid foundation of facts and or assumptions; in other words, facts and assumptions are the building blocks of logic. One way to contradict your opponent’s logic is to identify a logical fallacy within it. Some of the more common logical fallacies are summed up here.

A point is a single idea or thought. We limit the size of individual points to 750 characters. If a point contains several distinct ideas, then you should split it into separate points. Points show up in the conversation map, and when other participants rate the quality of points you make, their ratings determine your credibility.

Ratings: All participants in a conversation may rate the quality of points and responses they see in the conversation map. Ratings are based on the following scale:
1 Star: Poor
2 Stars: Below Average
3 Stars: Average
4 Stars: Above Average
5 Stars: Excellent

The selected point refers to the point you have selected in the conversation map. You will be able to read the full text of that point in the section labeled “Selected Point”. After selecting a point, see the Tools section for your options.

Each conversation has a topic. In a conversation, participants may vote to agree, disagree, or be neutral to each proposition, and they may change their vote one time. In collaborative conversations, participants are not required to vote on the topic. In conversations, participants are required to vote on the topic.

Tools: The following options are available when you have selected a point:
1) rate the selected point
2) respond to the selected point
3) subscribe/unsubscribe to email notifications when other participants make responses that you’re interested in

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