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  • Yes, honest debate requires secrecy.

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  • Yes, honest debate requires distance.

    0 0%
  • No, honest debate requires trust.

    7 77.78%
  • No, honest debate requires closeness.

    0 0%
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    Does Honest Debate Require Anonymity?

    Is it possible to have an honest discussion of ideas while knowing who you're talking with...

    ...or do people have to be complete strangers to be willing to discuss issues outside of ulterior motives and special interests?

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    Re: Does Honest Debate Require Anonymity?

    I don't think that honest debate requires any of the 4 choices. When you debate people that you know really well, you can use maneuvers and traps because you know how they are going to respond.

    But since it's "honest" I'll pick trust.

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    Re: Does Honest Debate Require Anonymity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daktoria View Post
    Is it possible to have an honest discussion of ideas while knowing who you're talking with...

    ...or do people have to be complete strangers to be willing to discuss issues outside of ulterior motives and special interests?
    Please provide your name, address, social security number and we'll talk.
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    Re: Does Honest Debate Require Anonymity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey Shane View Post
    I don't think that honest debate requires any of the 4 choices. When you debate people that you know really well, you can use maneuvers and traps because you know how they are going to respond.
    Do you believe maneuvers and traps are possible without prior knowledge?

    To be clear, I'm not just talking about traps either. Many people debate for the sake of consensus, but they only seek consensus with favorites.

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    Re: Does Honest Debate Require Anonymity?

    I think honest debate requires people willing to be honest, no matter what circumstances the debate or discussion takes place under.

    There are people on this site who are either liars or have minds so absolutely warped they can no longer distuingish between reality and their political fictional world where only what they agree with is truth, Anonymity only compounds this problem.

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    Re: Does Honest Debate Require Anonymity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    I think honest debate requires people willing to be honest, no matter what circumstances the debate or discussion takes place under.

    There are people on this site who are either liars or have minds so absolutely warped they can no longer distuingish between reality and their political fictional world where only what they agree with is truth, Anonymity only compounds this problem.
    ...so you believe people can only debate when they see things from the same premises?

    Do you believe people can debate premises themselves?

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    Re: Does Honest Debate Require Anonymity?

    I picked trust also but I think that there's more than one answer. I think you will get more honesty from some people who are anonymous. Just look at the threads here. You can see people express opinions that they might not express openly to others.
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    Re: Does Honest Debate Require Anonymity?

    Quote Originally Posted by NameGoesHere View Post
    I picked trust also but I think that there's more than one answer. I think you will get more honesty from some people who are anonymous. Just look at the threads here. You can see people express opinions that they might not express openly to others.
    Well by debate, I meant exchange, not just expression.

    It seems that a lot of the time, anonymous members get overlooked because they don't have a reputation. People get bored and suspicious.

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    Re: Does Honest Debate Require Anonymity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daktoria View Post
    Well by debate, I meant exchange, not just expression.

    It seems that a lot of the time, anonymous members get overlooked because they don't have a reputation. People get bored and suspicious.
    Then for me it would have to be trust. I want to know that the person is not going to use something I say against me for their own benefit.
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    Re: Does Honest Debate Require Anonymity?

    The only thing honest debate requires is honesty. What compels people to be honest differs from person to person. For some people, it's trust in who they're debating. For others, it's anonymity. For still more, it's conviction or something else.

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