Who are we?
co-Logos is a community where people can debate others for learning, convincing and exchanging ideas. We believe that other social media platforms fail to achieve these goals and in most cases achieve the opposite. By using debating principles we learned as debating champions, we aim to allow this diverse, engaging and exciting community to be built.
An argument can be based on three components: Logos – for rational reasons that support the argument, Pathos – for persuasion using emotions, and Ethos – appeal for the credibility of the arguer. People who try to convince others, usually use all three components when possible. However, Logos is the most important component – it is less inclined for cognitive biases, more respectful to others and promotes deep understanding. Hence, debating masters mostly rely on the Logos component in their arguments.
In essence, co-Logos is a community that is built around giving a lot of empasis to the Logos component in discussions.
The main features that make our community better
Because in many cases the feed of other social media platforms is mostly based on people the users chose to put in their own circle of friends or people they decided to follow, and because in most cases people choose friends and pages that share the same belief system, most platforms act as echo chambers and users are less likely to engage with topics that challenge their viewpoint. On top of that, social media platforms have incentives to show users content they agree with, so they will stay on the feed longer. The Debater shows posts mainly by their quality and is open to everyone that chose to join a group. This increases the chances of viewing challenging but convincing content.
Elaborate ranking system
Other social media platforms extensively use the “like” button. This implies that the user should “upvote” a post or comment if he “likes” it. In many cases, it is used as a way to say: “I think it’s funny” or “I agree with you”. Many prefer people not to spend a long time explaining their ideas in detail. Hence, they are incentivised to write low quality posts and comments. Writing something “funny” or “neutral” is an effective way to get likes. The Debater replaces the Like option with a more elaborate system of ranking, that incentivises users to explain their ideas in a convincing, engaging, respectful and referenced-backed manner.
Keep the abusers out
People who seek to abuse and troll are a consistent part of many social media platforms. If our goal is to help people engage with different ideas, then an abuser might be simply someone who disregards a valid argument without engaging it directly or being disrespectful to others. Such people will not be a part of The Debater community. This is because low quality posts will not be prioritized and people who constantly produce low quality posts and comments will be blocked from the platform.
Allow Privacy when preferred
Because in many cases our social platform includes people who influence our life, such as work, family, close friends and more, in many cases we will prefer to not show our point of view or our misunderstandings because of the visibility of our posts to everyone. In the The Debater, there will be an option to post in incognito mode which will allow everyone to share their most private opinions.
As explained above, there are many incentives that might influence us to write short and low quality posts and be less active than we want in an engaging community. The Debater adds gaming elements to increase our motivation to write high quality posts, such as achievements and scoreboard for general debating quality.
We invite you to debate us
We understand that co-Logos will not be perfect going about our goals, but we believe it will be much better for our world than current social media platforms. Understanding our own possible flaws in the way we think and draw conclusions, are open to the idea that our mission is wrong. That’s why we have created a post that is the copy of this page, where you can challenge our beliefs. Please feel free to engage with us over here.