Thursday, February 15, 2007

A new way to create Arguments

The old - but still legitimate - way to create Arguments was that a Moderator created the Argument, and built it out in response to user comments (adding new nodes, modifying existing nodes).

Back in December, we opened the Arguments up so that any registered user could add nodes to any Argument. Recently, we added the Argument Request facility.

Combine these two new features, and you have a new, more collaborative way to map out Arguments. Here's an example of how this might work:

  • User A creates an Argument Request

  • User B creates an Argument, based on User A's Request, adding a couple of supporting/refuting assertions

  • Users C, D, E and F add additional assertions

The end result should be more rapidly mapped Arguments.

You can still create Arguments the old way - and that is especially useful if you're a subject matter expert. But this is a great way to harness the communal knowledge to flesh out an Argument that you'd like to know more about.