Please read: A personal appeal from MakeYourCase founder Don Branson.
MakeYourCase needs your help to get a jump-start. Not your money, but a few minutes of your time. MakeYourCase is something new: a site to
bring civil debate to the internet. And it's more - it's salve for societies of diametrically opposed views, coming together, trying
to win each other over, so that the truth wins out and we all benefit.
First, log in using the "log in" link at the top right of this page. Then, here's what you can do to help:
"Like" topics you think are worth discussing
Click the FaceBook "Recommend" or "Share" button for topics you think are worth discussing
Vote on good arguments by clicking the up arrows
Look at some topics that are important to you, and add some good, solid arguments
Do you have friends who like to argue? Send them a link!
Thank you so much for your time. I've built this site for people who like to debate important issues and get at what's
true. Now I need your help to make it take off worldwide.
Please aspire to these values when you play on this site:
Topics should be timeless. In other words, not "Support bill 4874848." Instead, extract an issue, "Stem cell research should be funded by the government."
Phrase topics to be as global as possible instead of relevant to just your country.
Don't be a jerk. No name-calling, excessive cussing, generally ranting and fuming. Decisions of the moderators are final.
Don't use links to make your argument. You may use links to references to support your argument.
Members of the media must attribute content used, but not in any way that suggests that we endorse you or your use of the work.
Politicians who use questions and arguments to inform their positions are encouraged to give credit where credit is due.
Avoid topics that are duplicates or opposites of existing topics.
When you vote for a topic, it's not a statement of agreement. It's a vote that the topic is worth discussing.
When you vote that Pros or Cons is winning, it's not a statement of agreement, just which side is presenting better arguments. If you have a
certain view and think the arguments are better for the opposing position, vote that they're winning to prompt better arguments for your view.
Who is Robaht Uzar?
That's a fake name for 'Robot User.' He exists in order to seed the site with topics early on. If MYC started empty, with no topics, no one would come visit.
The purpose of Robaht Uzar is not to lean one way or the other on any particular topic, but just to start the conversation and let users
fight it out. It's the topics that will draw visitors, so the goal is to draw relevant topics from the news and online discussions. Of course,
there's surely bias there despite (or because of!) my efforts to work against my own biases.
Why doesn't the site do <my favorite feature>?
There are a couple possible reasons. First, it could be on our feature backlog, and we just haven't got to it yet. Second, maybe we didn't think of it. Please share the idea in the Meta discussion.
What private information do you capture from Google and Facebook?
Only the basic information plus your email address.
Why do you need my email address?
We only use it because we use Disqus as our commenting system, and they need it to notify you about discussion activity.
How do I gain reputation?
You gain reputation when other users vote for your arguments, actions, or topics. Currently each vote counts as 10 points for a topic and 5 points for arguments and actions.
What privileges are associated with reputation?
All visitors can view all content.
Logged-in users can: like/unlike topics; like/unlike pros and cons; post arguments and actions.
Users with a reputation of 200 or more can: create and publish topics.
Users with a reputation of 1000 or more can: add/remove argument tags; vote to close a topic. Topics with more than 10 close votes are closed.
Users who reach a reputation of 50,000 automatically become moderators. The only moderator privilege at this time is voting to ban abusive users.
Only argument authors can delete them, and only if the argument has zero likes.
Certain privileges are reserved for topic authors: adding/deleting terms, changing the overview, publishing a previously created topic.
Certain privileges are reserved for administrators.
What if I think a topic's author should make some changes?
There's a free-form discussion at the bottom of each topic page. Discuss it there and offer your suggestions to the author.
What features are available in the markdown that is used for topic overviews?