Example debate fixture

This example debate was created to serve as an example in UI mockups, specifications, etc. It is designed to show a maximum of corner cases in a debate that is as short as possible. It was created in a role playing game caricaturing well known public figures in Québec.

Flow of messages:

  • Lines are the threading of the messages, as would be seen in a mail client supporting threading
  • The number at the begining of the line is the actual chronological order of the messages
  • Brackets fragments of text tagged by the catcher to identify concepts. [FragmentId: original text fragment]
1-  Harper says: Let's [A:lower taxes] to [B:favor economic growth].
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2-  |-Khadir says: [E:You will put everyone out of a job]!
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17- | |-Late participant says:  That makes no sense, why would that make anyone lose his job?
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18- |   |-Syndicalist says:  With [H: lower government revenue], the [I: government will be forced to cut jobs].
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3-  |-Mulcair says: Lowering taxes is a terrible idea!
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5-  | |-Typical Quebecker: Jack Layton was a nice guy, he's dead.
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6-  | | |-Animator: And what did he think of of [M:lowering taxes]?
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7-  | |   |-Typical Quebecker: He was against it.
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11- | |     |-Animator: Why?
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12- | |       |-Typical Quebecker: I don't know...
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13- | |         |-Animator: But you agree with him on that?
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14- | |           |-Typical Quebecker: Yes!
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4-  |-Suzuki says: [B:Economic growth] will mean [C:more resource consumption], and that's [D:bad for the environment].
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8-    |-Krugman says: [In a recession], [F:austerity] is actually [G:contractionary].
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9-      |-Animator: Huh? Not sure I follow you...
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10-     | |-Krugman: Lowering taxes causes austerity, which reduces economic activity.
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15-     | |-Syndicalist says:  [J:People loose their job]!
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16-     |   |-Québec city talk radio says:  Union workers are all lazy bums, good riddance!
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19-     |-Suzuki says: Maybe, but with the most severe [N: cuts in environmental programs], it's still [K:no good for the environment].
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20-       |-Harper says:  [L:Federal environmental programs are ineffective] and a waste of money.

A resulting debate map (lazy catcher):

A: Lower taxes
   |-> B:favor economic growth
   |  |-> C:more resource consumption
   |       |-> D:bad for the environment
   |-> E:you will put everyone out of a job
   |-> F:austerity
   |   |-> G:economic contraction
   |   |-> J:People loose their job
   |   |-> K:no good for the environment
           |-> L:Federal environmental programs are ineffective
   |-> H:lower government revenue
       |-> I:government will be forced to cut jobs

A different resulting debate map (duplicates removed):

A: Lower taxes
   |-> B:favor economic growth
   |  |-> C:more resource consumption
   |       |-> bad for environment [D:bad for the environment|K:no good for the environment]
               |-> L:Federal environmental programs are ineffective
   |-> H:lower government revenue
       |-> F:austerity
           |-> G:economic contraction
           |-> job loss (I:government will be forced to cut jobs|E:you will put everyone out of a job|J:People loose their job)
           |-> bad for environment [D:bad for the environment|K:no good for the environment] ... (canonical tree is above)

What posts would be displayed if a participant clicks “job loss” in the debate map above:

2-  ... Khadir says [E:you will put everyone out of a job]
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17-     |-Late participant says:  That makes no sense, why would that make anyone lose his job?
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18-       |-Syndicalist says:  With [H: lower government revenue], the [I: government will be forced to cut jobs]
15- ... Syndicalist says:  [J:People loose their job]!
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16-     |-Québec city talk radio says:  Union workers are all lazy bums, good ridance!

Alternative 2: This is the version in the fixtures, with thread-breaking links to posts 5 and 16.

1 Favor economic growth [B, M, -16, -5]
1_1 Lower taxes [A]
1_1_1 Lower government revenue [H]
1_1_1_1 Austerity yields contraction [F, G, -16]
1_1_1_1_1 Job loss [I, J, -16]
1_1_1_1_2 Environmental program cuts [N]
1_1_1_1_2_1 Bad for the environment [K]
1_1_1_1_2_2 Federal programs are ineffective [L]
1_2 Increased reseource consumption [C, -16]
1_2_1 Bad for the environment [D, -16]