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People starting debates should not assume everybody is American
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rajio
Feb 08, 2007
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Not everybody on convinceme.net is american so new debate topics shouldn't assume so.


capitalistocrat
Feb 09, 2007
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I think people should make it clear when starting a debate, as to which country this is relevant for or which country he/she is from.

It would make life a lot easier.

 
freedomfighter
Feb 08, 2007
1 convinced
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I agree. This is a new site, there is a learning curve to it. So as time goes on, questions will be phrased better and better. For now, why don't you be patient with other people?

 
vancam
Feb 08, 2007
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It just so happens that the quiet whispering noise you can hear under the loud shouting of your republican party is the rest of the world telling you to be quiet and learn some table manners.

 
capitalistocrat
Feb 09, 2007
1 convinced
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Perhaps stating your Nationality in your profile would be a good start.

 
naminator01
Feb 13, 2007
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Rebuttal to: darkerdawn Show

btw, i am from Venezuela

LOL, you give sermons to people about their colloquial pronounciation differences about pants, yet you spell allowed wrong?

Seriously, hypocrit.

 
rajio
Feb 14, 2007
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Rebuttal to: melchizedek Show

I think you fail to see what this debate is about. The question is with regards to topics and arguments which are constructed on the assumption that they are being read from an american context without specifying. Toppics like "should we get out of Iraq?".... well who is 'we' in that case? Nobody is saying you can't talk about america or american issues but just that it would be better if they were framed so that it can be understood that they are within an american context so as not to lead to confusion or misunderstanding.

 
kdude992
Feb 14, 2007
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This realization makes me feel sad because I've probably said 'we' as in Americans millions of times when everyone else is also in the picture. Oops.

 
sponsoredbythewind
Feb 15, 2007
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I agree, new debate topics shouldn't assume that the situation is like it is in the USA. People of other cultures and countries could join in on a number of topics.

A few examples that I remember:

"Should the government legalize prostitution"
"Should marihuana be legal"

These are no debate-items for me, as these things are legal in my country of origin.

Something like:

"Pro's and cons of legalizing XXX" would be more inviting to participate.

Also: "Should the US adopt a Nationalized Health Care System" is clear but not inviting. "Pro's and cons of a national health care system" is more open and to the point.

 
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Everybody on convinceme.net is american so its a valid assumption.



Feb 08, 2007
2 convinced
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In case you haven't noticed, anyone can create debates on this website. So I would suppose that the number of debates about the United States is proportional to the number of users from the United States.

If you're saying all the debates on this site are American, then all the members must be as well.

Stop complaining and start a debate about wherever you're from.

 
brivapor
Feb 08, 2007
1 convinced
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the world would suck big time if everybody was american

 
darkerdawn
Feb 13, 2007
1 convinced
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Having just moved from an argument about anti-Americanism to one on whether this website is too America focused I would say it's not, if you are talking about the language, then the language is English 'The International Language' alot of people know English.

I'm not from America, but Britain and although I might despise seeing 'Pants' written instead of 'Trousers' I still think that if a website is made by a certain country then it should be aloud too include certain characteristics of that country.

Plus I'm sure translations will be coming in the future for people who aren't so hot on English.

 
nbcrusader
Feb 13, 2007
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There may be a significant number of Americans on the site. Creating a debate that focuses on US politics should not be deemed offensive to those of other countries. Everyone is free to create their own debates.

 
melchizedek
Feb 14, 2007
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Rebuttal to: capitalistocrat Show

I don't think that it makes a huge difference where someone is from when they start a debate. I think bringing in information from different countries that relates to the debate at hand is often very useful. I don't think that people should be offensive to other countries, but I also don't think that it's neccesary to be overly concerned with the fact that not everyone on the site is from America. If someone feels they don't have adequete information to respond to a debate because they aren't American, they don't have to respond. The vast majority of debates are easily responded to by people of any nationality. People who aren't American are just as capable of setting up debates that are only relevant to their country as are Americans.

 
rajio
Feb 15, 2007
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Rebuttal to: sponsoredbythewind Show

"Should the US adopt a Nationalized Health Care System" as an example seems like a passable debate topic though as its clear what the topic means and take in to account people from outside of the US reading it and still understanding the context for which it is intended. some discussions may nessecarilly be country specific or steer in a different direction if country specific. For instance 'should we (meaning everyone but iraquis) get out of iraq' is different than 'should the UK get out of iraq' and will end up beign a very different discussion

 
komodo
Feb 15, 2007
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Well, you see, I don't believe ConvinceMe.net ever positioned itself as a site devoted strictly to globally relevant issues. i.e. If any user wants to start or contribute to an argument in the context of his country, he should be allowed to do so.

Furthermore, considering the influence America holds in the world today, it can easily be argued that what's important to Americans is important to everybody. It is unfortunate that this contributes to the narrow, arrogant view of the world that many Americans have, but it doesn't make it any less true.

 


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