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The wiki format allows arguments to be greatly clarified by splitting off each part of the argument into separate pages, which we call "wikifying". This has several advantages:

  • Readers do not need to read about the points they already agree with (or are willing to concede)
  • Readers can respond specifically to points they disagree with, without having to quote part of the argument to show what they are responding to
  • Readers who are not interested in discussion on certain points (typically those they either agree with or don't care about) do not have to read through either the initial argument on that point or any subsequent discussion
  • The main argument becomes much easier to follow, as it can ideally be reduced to simple logic ("I believe A, and B, and C, and therefore D" or "I believe D, and the only counter-arguments I've ever seen are E, F, and G, which I think I've pretty much demolished"); if it can't be reduced to simple logic, at the very least the complications arising from the connecting text can be kept separate from the individual points.
  • Discussions of particular points can often spin off into sub-points; such discussions can often become hopelessly tangled in traditional forums (never mind earlier forms of discussion such as verbal debate or letters-to-the-editor), but in the wiki format each sub-point can be split off yet again into another page, allowing each point to remain clear and not unnecessarily entangled with any others.

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