Debaticons are like emoticons for showing the structure of an argument or discussion. In much the same way a "smiley" or "frowny" emoticon is a graphical shorthand to indicate happiness or unhappiness with a statement, debaticons are graphical shorthands to indicate a given statement's position with respect to the overall debate.
See Issuepedia:Structured Debate for details on how debaticons are used in the context of Issuepedia's proposed rules.
- Main point / claim
- Supporting point
- Information stipulated by both sides, or from an agreed-on authority
It's less certain how useful these will be; possibly handy for experimentation.
- quote open/close; see Template:Arg/quote
- possibly statements posted by one side and agreed by the other (where the "I" debaticon indicates items agreed to beforehand)
- "X" icons, generally intended to indicate some clear error or misuse (e.g. a logical fallacy or factual error):
- discovery of error supports main claim; see Template:Arg/support/fact
- discovery of error weakens main claim; see Template:Arg/counter/fact
- Error: early, less-clear version of red X icon
- the debaticons category is where we will keep all our debaticon images and templates
- Stuff exists!
- Stuff made by Big Phatt Lyar Industries is better than the stuff made by Quality Products, Inc.
- A spokesman for Bigg Phatt Lyar Industries said: Our products are absolutely the finest quality of any products anywhere, so there is no need for people to go criticizing them. Criticism hampers quality control, which only harms the consumer.
Points are supporting () if they support the current main point (). If a point supports the current counterpoint (), then it is also a counterpoint. If it argues against the current counterpoint, then it is a supporting point. (This way you don't have to go up through the levels counting in order to figure out which "side" a point is on.)