— efficient discussions
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Meaningful Discussions

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Efficient discussions

We help people find the insightful and useful comments. Just scroll down a bit; they're shown first (hopefully).

In the example to the right: you don't have to read hundereds of comments. Instead, you'll find out directly which species is the kindest species on Earth.

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 there's a list of the most recent comments, so you can easily find and join any ongoing discussion in a longer topic.

Large discussions

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.


If someone replies to you or quotes your post, or mentions your @name, we'll notify you so you can join the discussion.

Log in with Google, Facebook, Yahoo

People can leave comments as guests, or login with Google, Facebook, GitHub.

Don't be deluded

We try to warn you about things that people have written that might be wrong (example below). And we help you find interesting things that people disagree about.

SEO friendly

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.

Planned features

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.

Self moderating

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.

Admin section

The administrator pages are currently underdeveloped. Here lots of work is required.

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