Originally Posted by lastcardcharlie
Are you equating disagreement with conflict?
To some degree I think so yes.
Originally Posted by Clue
I sort of agree with OP in that readers are more likely to become posters if they think they can prove some one ITT wrong. I would say this leads to conflict/disagreement
For some reason people seem to be less likely to post in agreement with OP, and then proceed to give evidence, or proceed to expound the ideas in OP. Also answering a question is less likely, unless doing so proves some one wrong
For example If you created an OP like:
"Hey guys, I was thinking that run-off voting would be great to have in the US. It would give more power to third parties, without 'throwing away' anyone's vote. What do you think?"
This might generate some responses, but this OP would work better IMO:
"Hey guys, a friend of mine was going on and on about run-off voting. It's retarded though, why would we use something like that? Our system has worked perfectly for 200+ years. We didn't get to be the most powerful nation on Earth by copying random **** other countries do. I told this dumbass I'd create a thread here to prove to him no one else will agree with him, lol"
Exactly, so I think we can question whether debate goes anywhere or just fosters conflict.