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The following is an extract from a debate about aardvarks.

Example debate about aardvarks

This page would be trying to determine the truth of "Aardvarks eat only ants and termites". We currently do not think it is true, because the weight (16%) is not greater than 50%. This weight is based upon the weights of the arguments and the voting.

Three people have voted on this point using the "Agree", "Abstain" and "Disagree" buttons. You would be able to see who they are and how they voted in the Votes tab.

There is one argument added against this point. The argument could be read "Aardvarks sometimes eat the aardvark cucumber, so therefore aardvarks do not only eat ants and termites".

This is split into two boxes, the fact that "Aardvarks sometimes eat the aardvark cucumber", and the link "therefore this is true". By clicking on either of these you would be able to drill down into the argument.

"Aardvarks sometimes eat the aardvark cucumber" has a weight of 93%, and the link has a weight of 100%. These are multiplied together to give the overall weight of the argument as 93%. As this weight is greater than 50% it will be contributing to the low weight of 16% of "Aardvarks only eat ants and termites".

A good point title should be a short factual statement, with which people can either agree or disagree.

It should not be phrased as a question, and should not have an explanation. Any explanation can be added as a comment.

It should not be ambiguous.

It should be a single point. People should not be able to agree with half of your title.

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The Euro is better than the pound. It would be better for Britain's economy were it to adopt the Euro.
It is impossible to draw a line between mentally sound and unsound because society interprets sound behaviour inconsistently. There is no clear line between mentally sound and mentally unsound.
Humans are warming the planet causing the ice caps to melt. Humans are warming the planet.

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