Welcome to DebateArt.com!
This thread has organized various useful resources geared particularly for members who are new to the community. To get the most out of your DebateArt.com (DART) experience, please familiarize yourself with this information.
- Site Administration . . . . . . Post 1
- Frequently Asked Questions . . . . Post 1
- Site Jargon . . . . . . . . Post 2
- Debate Jargon . . . . . . . Post 2
- Debating . . . . . . . . . Post 3
- Mafia . . . . . . . . . . Post 3
- Voter Resources . . . . . . . Post 4
- Moderation and Site Information . . . Post 4
- Conclusion . . . . . . . . Post 5
II. Site Administration
You might be wondering who to contact if you have questions or concerns. Below I've written the names of the site's administrative team, as well as the names of the moderators for the site's official Discord. They are good points of contact for you in every respect, and if there is something you need, do not hesitate to reach out to them.
DebateArt.com, site owner and administrator
Virtuoso, chief moderator
Ragnar, deputy moderator
Speedrace, forum moderator
drafterman, forum moderator
blamonkey, debate moderator
christopher_best, debate moderator
SupaDudz, discord liaison
drafterman, discord liaison
III. Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are there rules for site conduct?
A: Yes. Treating all users with respect is important for a site premised on rational disagreement. For a complete list of voting policies, see the site Rules and Code of Conduct.
Q: How do I report misconduct?
A: If you want to report a post, debate comment, or debate click the flag icon which corresponds to the item you wish to report. If you want to report something else, if the matter is urgent, or if you're uncertain, message a moderator privately and directly with your concerns. Moderation will address the situation as soon as they can.
Q: Are there rules for voting on the site?
A: Yes. Fair voting is important for a site premised on debate. For a complete list of voting policies, see the site Rules and Code of Conduct.
Q: How do I report a bad vote?
A: Click the flag icon in the upper right hand corner of the vote. Moderation will review the report as soon as they can.
Q: What happens when I report something?
A: Moderation examines the report, assess what, if any action should be taken, and takes that action. You are not necessarily told what the outcome of the report was, nor do you have any right to such information.
Q: Can I appeal a moderator's decision?
A: That depends. You can ask a moderator to reconsider their decision, and you can appeal the decisions of the Deputy and Assistant Moderators to the Chief Moderator, but the Chief Moderator's rulings are not subject to appeal.
Q: Can I have multiple accounts?
A: No. You may not have multiple accounts, nor may you have access to more than one account.
Q: How does one become a site moderator?
A: One may become a moderator if appointed to the position by the site owner or the chief moderator.
Q: How do I have my post deleted?
A: You may have your post deleted by contacting a moderator directly to request that your post be deleted.
Q: Can I change my username?
A: No, unless your username itself violates site policy, in which case you will have to change your username to be in accordance with site policy.
Q: What is a MEEP?
A: A MEEP (Moderation Engagement and Enactment Processes) is a process by which the users can vote on proposals submitted to them by moderation. It is a kind of referendum, where users can help guide site policy through democratic consensus and deliberation.
Q: Does DART moderation have power over DART's discord?
A: There is a moderation team on DART's official Discord which is primarily responsible for ensuring that the rules of that site are enforced. While DART's moderation team does not operate on Discord, we do have the authority to punish users here for misconduct they engaged in on DART's official Discord. A user who engages in misconduct on the Discord can therefore be punished by the moderators there and by the moderators here for the same action, depending on its severity.