How it works!
Start here, by asserting a proposition!
Right click a proposition to make an argument.
Right click to change stance (agree, disagree, no stance) on a proposition. Some
propositions will be automatically highlighted in light green or light pink if you logically
must agree or disagree with them.
User controls at the top allow you to add, rename, and delete debate participants.
If you agree with all of the premises in an argument, your name will appear next to it
in a "proponent" button to show that you stand by this argument. The proponent button will
show the views of whoever's name it displays when you mouseover it. If an argument has more
than one proponent, you can click it to scroll through the others.
You can argue for or against each individual premise in an argument. Italics will show you which
premise the following argument is targetting.
Once you've got a feel for arguing this way, give the "stipulate" button a try. This button allows
you to hold different stances on the same proposition depending on the assumptions.
A set of stipulations can be called a "debate context." Be careful! The stances you take in each
debate context will be automatically carried into each sub-context. For example, all the stances
you take when there are no stipulations will automatically carry into every debate context.
(See "Good for reasoning" argument above).
Saving and loading in the desktop application will save your argument as a .db8 file. Saving
in the web applet will encode all of the information into a parameter in the address. You can send this
link to others to show them your argument, but you should probably use a url shortener like TinyURL!