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Having a separate section for references?

Envisage
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5/12/2014 11:35:43 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
What do you guys think about having an additional section to debates (similar to the sig section on forum posts), where you get an additional say 2,000 exclusively for posting your references.

That way references do not contribute to the overall character count, but also one cannot abuse this to post additional material.

I't would help a lot in scientific debates where a large number of references are often used and eat up a lot of space for arguments, and often one side uses a lot more space for references than the other.
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5/12/2014 11:54:11 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/12/2014 11:35:43 AM, Envisage wrote:
What do you guys think about having an additional section to debates (similar to the sig section on forum posts), where you get an additional say 2,000 exclusively for posting your references.

That way references do not contribute to the overall character count, but also one cannot abuse this to post additional material.

I't would help a lot in scientific debates where a large number of references are often used and eat up a lot of space for arguments, and often one side uses a lot more space for references than the other.

Sounds great.

What if instead of a character limit (because some links are huge for example, this one: http://images.search.yahoo.com... ) It is used like some websites use pictures. Basically, you post a link, it finds the link. You have to cite something from the link, or else it cannot be put in the reference section. This would also get rid of useless references.
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5/12/2014 12:48:21 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/12/2014 11:35:43 AM, Envisage wrote:
What do you guys think about having an additional section to debates (similar to the sig section on forum posts), where you get an additional say 2,000 exclusively for posting your references.

That way references do not contribute to the overall character count, but also one cannot abuse this to post additional material.

I't would help a lot in scientific debates where a large number of references are often used and eat up a lot of space for arguments, and often one side uses a lot more space for references than the other.

While it would be nice if this were implemented into the debate itself, you can do this now if your opponent agrees: Just post your sources in the comments, and tell the voters that's what you've agreed to do.
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5/12/2014 12:51:44 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/12/2014 12:48:21 PM, bladerunner060 wrote:
At 5/12/2014 11:35:43 AM, Envisage wrote:
What do you guys think about having an additional section to debates (similar to the sig section on forum posts), where you get an additional say 2,000 exclusively for posting your references.

That way references do not contribute to the overall character count, but also one cannot abuse this to post additional material.

I't would help a lot in scientific debates where a large number of references are often used and eat up a lot of space for arguments, and often one side uses a lot more space for references than the other.

While it would be nice if this were implemented into the debate itself, you can do this now if your opponent agrees: Just post your sources in the comments, and tell the voters that's what you've agreed to do.

Or extend the character space by 2K to account for sources.
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