Online Debate Ettiquette

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When responding to a person’s views with your own contrasting views, the dynamic of the conversation can quickly turn sour. The arena of debate through the internet has often turned into name-calling, profanity, and overly condescending language. I see so few comments that are worded in a productive way, that I decided to provide my personal method.

1. Read the entirety of any comment you are responding to. (Or watch the entirety of any video you are responding to.)

2. If there are any points that you AGREE with, mention that first.

3. Say which part you don’t agree with and why, without calling names or making the message overly personal.

4. If there were two things that you agreed with in the video/comment, mention another thing at the end. If there was only one thing, or nothing at all, THANK the person for participating in the discussion.


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