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What is DebateArt.com?

DebateArt.com is a website, whose main purpose is to provide a platform for conducting online debates in a simple and obvious way.

How do I become a member?

In order to become a member, please sign up here .

Why there are so many grammatical mistakes?

Our team consists of people whose native language is not English, that's why it is hard for us to avoid all the language related mistakes but we're trying to do our best.


If you have found any mistakes, please, let us know and it will be fixed in no time :)

Why something is not working?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Please, let us know and we'll try to fix it.

I can't log into my account. What do I do?

Make sure that the email and password you have entered are correct. If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it here .

I have not received an activation email. What do I do?

First make sure that the email has not gone to the spam folders. If you still can't find it, you can request another one here .

How can I change my email or username?

Unfortunately, this functionality has not been implemented yet.

How can I create or change my password?

In order to change your current password or assign a new one, you need to fill and submit the form which can be found in the account section of your profile page.

How do online debates work?

Online debate is a communication format, in which two participants defend their opposing positions on the chosen topic.


Each debate includes 5 periods: creation, challenge, argumentation, voting and post voting.


The creation period

Debates can be created by any registered user.
When creating a debate, in addition to the topic and some other parameters, the instigator has the opportunity to invite other users into the roles of a contender or judges. In this case, the user will be forced to wait for the invitations to get accepted or declined before proceeding to the next stage.


The challenge period

During this period, any participant interested in subject of the debate, can accept the challenge and become an opponent with a position opposite to the instigator's.


The argumentation period

During this period, each of the two participants take turns posting their arguments, the number of which is equal to the number of rounds in the debate.


The voting period

During this period, the community or the appointed judges select the debate's winner, based on several criteria, such as the quality of the arguments and the information sources, grammatical correctness and general conduct.

The post voting period

After the winner has been selected, the debate is considered completed and the stats and ratings of the participants have been updated.

How do I edit debate information?

Unfortunately, this functionality has not been implemented yet. The best you can do is to make sure that all the information is correct during the debate review stage.

How do I delete a debate?

Debate can be deleted only by the instigator and only before it goes to the argumentation stage.

How do I edit a comment?

Comments can be edited only in the first 15 minutes after creation. In order to do it, simply click the pencil icon in the right top corner of the comment.

How do I report a comment?

In order to report a comment, simply click the flag icon in the right top corner of the comment.

How do I delete a vote?

Votes can be deleted only in the first 15 minutes after creation. In order to do it, simply click the trash icon in the right top corner of the vote.

How do I report a vote?

In order to report a vote, simply click the flag icon in the right top corner of the vote.

Who can be appointed to be a judge?

Any registered and not banned participant can be appointed to be a judge.

Why my rating has not changed after finishing a debate?

Participants' ratings change only after finishing the debates with the open voting system, which is the most naive and simple way to have it, but everything will change as the platform grows and leverages more complicated and well-thought solutions.

How do I edit a topic?

Topics can be edited only in the first 30 minutes after creation. In order to do it, simply click the edit button on the ride side of the topic name.

How do I delete a topic?

Topics can be deleted only in the first 30 minutes after creation. In order to do it, simply click the delete button on the ride side of the topic name.

How do I edit a post?

Posts can be edited only in the first 30 minutes after creation. In order to do it, simply click the pencil icon in the right top corner of the post.

How do I delete a post?

Posts can be deleted only in the first 30 minutes after creation. In order to do it, simply click the trash icon in the right top corner of the post.

How do I report a post?

In order to report a post, simply click the flag icon in the right top corner of the post.

How can I receive notifications about new posts?

In order to receive notifications about the new posts for some specific topic, simply add it to your favorites by clicking on the button on the right side of the topic name.