Rational Discussion of Controversial Topics
Economics Education Ethics Foreign Policy Government History Politics Religion Science

Recommendation system

The purpose of the recommendation system is to predict which articles and comments our members are most likely to find interesting.

"Populares" and "optimates"

Recommendation system automatically divides users into two groups based on how their comments are rated. As it turns out, our current membership does not fit very well into the “left-wing” and “right-wing” boxes, so we adopted different labels for the observed political clusters.

Non-partisan score

Non-partisan score is based on the number of upvotes that users receive from the other group.

Total score

Total score is based on the total number of upvotes received by a user.

Debates vs. articles

Put simply, debates are for posing questions and articles are for making statements. A debate title may be accompanied by a brief description that clarifies the question, but it should not contain statements that would prejudice the discussion.