Debato - update blog 1 - structuring online debates.

in #utopian-io2 years ago



Almost two weeks ago the idea of 'debato' together with a first version became public. In the last few weeks the project moved from a 'proof of concept' to a usable platform with all basic functionalities. This post serves as a first update on the changed features and made progress.

What is debato?

You can find debato at
Debato is an online platform that accommodates online debates on topics big an small. Regular online discussions can quickly turn into a bottomless pit of mindless shouting and other noise. This results in many people not even getting involved or finding it a waste of time to formulate proper arguments. By filtering out the qualitative arguments and by structuring arguments and sub-discussions, debato allows anyone to share their thoughts and points of view. And why stop there? Because debato is built on Steem and writing these thoughtful and interesting arguments or discussions can get rewarded as well.

Main changes

  • Thanks to great initial feedback, the code was made more readable for other users. Files were grouped in specific folders (html, js, css) and ESLint was included for a consistent and readable syntax.
  • The index page shows discussions in a more flexible and appealing manner by using discussion 'cards' and flexbox rather than the original list of discussions.
  • When publishing a new discussion, the user can verify whether the thumbnail url is a valid image. Also, when a sub-discussion is directly loaded from the url (rather than from the parent discussion) no cover image was displayed. Now the upper parent will be searched to fetch an image.
  • If present, html tags are removed from comments or discussion arguments. This to limit people from dominating a discussion segment with custom html code.
  • Custom error/success/warning boxes will inform the user instead of alert messages.
  • The readme on github is expanded to provide more information on the repository and to inform about future ideas for debato.

Planned changes

  • Introduction page to inform new users
  • Offering an option to register for a Steem account
  • Improving user interface in matters such as upvote animations, error box animations, page layout etc.

Previous updates

Feedback or comments on made changes, planned changes or way of working are more than welcome in the comments or on the discord server You can find the repository here and the live website at

written by @samve


Hello @debato!

Thank you for your contribution. This is a great project, and it's good to see all the development being made. Your post is comprehensive and informative.

On the content side, even though I like all the information provided, I have to admit that I wanted to read a bit more. I wanted to read more about your personal experience of working on this project, the obstacles you were faced with, the reasons that made you decide to start working on this project; this is the kind of content we like to see in blog posts.

Regardless, the post contains valuable information about the project and the changes that were introduced, and I enjoyed reading your work. I also appreciate the fact that you took the time to highlight the planned changes, however I wish you'd gone into detail and shared some valuable insights about those changes as well.

That said, there were minor proofreading issues, but not to the level where it hurt the reading experience. In conclusion, you did a good job, and I appreciate the time and effort you put into your work.

I look forward to your next contribution.

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Thanks for taking the time to give feedback! I'm trying to find the balance between a 'professional' project update and an interesting blog post, but I'll try to incorporate some more of the personal story and experiences in it next time!

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