Ranking comment sorting policies in online debates

Argument and Computation:1-21 (forthcoming)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Online debates typically possess a large number of argumentative comments. Most readers who would like to see which comments are winning arguments often only read a part of the debate. Many platforms that host such debates allow for the comments to be sorted, say from the earliest to latest. How can argumentation theory be used to evaluate the effectiveness of such policies of sorting comments, in terms of the actually winning arguments displayed to a reader who may not have read the whole debate? We devise a pipeline that captures an online debate tree as a bipolar argumentation framework, which is sorted depending on the policy, giving a sequence of induced sub-BAFs representing how and how much of the debate has been read. Each sub-BAF has its own set of winning arguments, which can be quantitatively compared to the set of winning arguments of the whole BAF. We apply this pipeline to evaluate policies on Kialo debates, where it is shown that reading comments from most to least liked, on average, displays more winners than reading comments earliest first. Therefore, in Kialo, reading comments from most to least liked is on average more effective than reading from the earliest to the most recent.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 76,442

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Comment on David Kaspar's Intuitionism.Moti Mizrahi - 2015 - Reason Papers 37 (2):26-35.
Winning the Argument?Danny Frederick - 2020 - In Against the Philosophical Tide. Yeovil: Critias Publishing. pp. 195-197.
Argumentation without Arguments Proper.Gábor Forrai - 2014 - In Gizella Horváth, Rozália Klára Bakos & Éva Bíró-Kaszás (eds.), Ten Years of Facebook, The Third Argumentor Conference. Partium Press, Debrecen University Press. pp. 219-238..
Resolute Reading.Kelly Dean Jolley - 2014 - Philosophical Topics 42 (2):101-127.
Slippery Slope Arguments and Social Policy Debates.Eric Lode - 1996 - Dissertation, University of Colorado at Boulder
Consumers' Concerns with How They Are Researched Online.Caroline Moraes - 2017 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 36 (1):79-101.


Added to PP

6 (#1,105,852)

6 months
1 (#454,876)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?