We help people find the insightful and useful comments. We believe this 1) saves time, 2) helps people make better decisions, and 3) helps you understand others with different opinions. We have developed an algorithm that is better at finding these comments.
Remembers what you've read
We show a list of comments that you have not yet read, in case you return to a topic later to finish reading. And we show a list of the most recent comments, so you can easily find and join any ongoing discussion in a longer topic.
If someone replies to you or quotes your post, or mentions your @name, we'll notify you so you can join the discussion.
Don't be deluded
We try to warn you about things that people have written that might be wrong. And we help you find interesting things that people disagree about.
The most interesting comments are shown first, and therefore get indexed by search engines like Google and Bing (rather than some random early comments).
Search that works well
Debiki uses a dedicated full-text-search database (ElasticSearch) for good search results.
It's easy to get lost in long discussion with many comments. We mitigate this problem by letting you quickly jump to the parent comment to refresh your mind (click the arrows), and then back again to continue reading.
And, if you're feeling adventurous, then enable our 2D layout which gives a nice overview of the discussion.
Some of these planned features were inspired by Discourse,
which is new good forum software.
Discourse shows all comments in a flat list; it does not attempt to show the interesting and useful comments first.
Correct and up-to-date information
People can suggest improvements of each other's texts, and in that way fix broken links and factual errors.
When users interact with the forum in a good way, the forum software starts trusting them, and allows them to help out with moderating the forum.
Links automatically expand
Paste a link to Wikipedia, YouTube, GitHub and it'll expand and automatically include additional context information.
Reply while you read
Jump between different topics and quote posts and gather more information whilst composing your reply.
Reply as a linked topic.
Click "Reply as new topic" to start a new topic, and that topic will be linked from the current topic.
The administrator pages are currently underdeveloped. Here lots of work is required.