Issuepedia's mission is to aid in the process of making important decisions which affect large numbers of people, either directly or indirectly.
Issuepedia's immediate function is to document:
- significant issues
- opinions held on those issues along with any reasoning or background necessary to understand those opinions
- analytical tools available for attempting to reach a reasonable decision on such issues
It is also intended as a forum for further discussion, and to provide a central point for information about other forums where issues may be discussed in a productive way.
By providing a location where points of argument on an issue can be referenced whenever needed, Issuepedia hopes to eliminate much of the endless circular arguing and side-tracking which has always plagued such discussions. The fairly new technique of embedding hyperlinks within a discussion makes it easier to check the cross-reference if desired while reducing the amount of distraction to those who wish to continue reading uninterrupted.