Users of CreateDebate can create a debate about any topic they desire, and can link the debate to any media found on the Internet, including text-based articles, images and videos. CreateDebate users can search and discover debates relevant to their interests, and interact with Allies, Enemies and other CreateDebate users who have common or disparate beliefs.
The content on CreateDebate is driven entirely by the user base, and debates that receive the most amount of action become "Most Heated" and end up on the front page. CreateDebate users can cite evidence via links in their arguments from any source on the Internet. All content on CreateDebate is licensed under a Creative Commons license, allowing for freedom of information share.
The CreateDebate platform provides a structure that lets people see what the best arguments are within each debate, and which side of a debate is winning. People can create three kinds of debates and argue any topic they are passionate about. The CreateDebate community then votes up well-conceived arguments and votes down flawed logic. Over time, the best arguments rise to the top of the debate, which distills out the central points and most relevant factors. CreateDebate categorizes debates in to various topics including: Politics, Technology, Shopping, Religion, Travel, Science, World, Sports, Business, and Comedy, although users can create debates about any topic they are interested in.
CreateDebate is a social network designed to help groups of people sort through issues, viewpoints, and opinions in an organized manner, so that better decisions can be made. Each user has a user profile, which automatically builds itself over time. Allies, Enemies and Hostile relationships are tracked and a news feeds provides personalized updates. Debate and arguments activity is also automatically tracked so its easy to find new content. A points system keeps tabs on participation to allow users to identify the top debaters in a number of categories. The research feature allows people to pipe RSS content from the web into any debate.
CreateDebate was started by CreateDebate, LLC of Arlington, VA. The private beta version of the site was launched on February 28, 2008 and the public beta of CreateDebate was introduced on April 29, 2008.
CreateDebate was founded out of the Robert H. Smith School of Business and won the March 2008 Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship competition.