This site is for people who want to help build a more rational web.

TheRationalDebate is a place for you to organize sources around the web in order to more effectively argue your point. In a debate with a friend on Facebook, Twitter or Google+? Link back to your Opinion Boards on TheRationalDebate to strengthen your arguments.

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Organize Your Opinions

If you don't organize your sources somehow, it can be difficult to come up with great arguments. Create Opinion Boards on your profile once you sign up. You can create as many boards as you want and post anything on the web to your boards. Let's say you're really passionate about how to combat the effects of global warming. When you read a great article on the web that makes you say: "hey, I should remember this article when I'm discussing Global Warming with my friends", post the article URL to your board!

When you sign up. we automatically create a few boards to get you started. Here are the boards we create:

  • The Economy
  • Gun Control
  • Global Warming
  • Of course, you can create as many boards as you like on whatever topic you want. You can even remove the boards we create for you don't like them.

    To post any webpage to your opinion board, get the Rational button for your browser. When you're browsing the web and you see something you want to post, use the Rational button to post to your board without ever leaving the site you're on! Check out this post on TheRationalDebate blog to see the Rational button in action.

    Facebook_32 If your account is connected to Facebook, Opinion Board posts can show up as links on your Timeline. You can turn this on or off every time you post something to an Opinion Board. Check out this post on the TheRationalDebate blog to see how Facebook integration works.

    Rational debates, rational arguments

    The goal of this site is to make debates on the web more rational. So, if you're debating with a friend online, link back to your opinion boards to strengthen your opinion. It's easy, simply go to your board and click on the box under the Link To Text section on the left hand side. Then copy the text to your clipboard so you can paste it anywhere you like. Here's what the box will look like:

    Share-board-example

    Of course, not everyone is going to be as organized and rational as you. If you encounter someone who quotes facts or opinions as facts during an argument, online or otherwise, ask to see their Opinion Boards to back up their claims.

    Oh, one more thing... Your boards are full of credible sources written by rational people who minimize the fallacies in their arguments, right?

    You can also check out Brandon Scott Gorrel's great flow chart that describes how to have a rational discussion on thoughtcatalog.com.

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