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It is also important to check for open topics that already address the same issues as the topic you are starting. Topics that are similar will be closed.

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Experience shows that the most constructive topics begin with factual information regarding the topic (links, articles, and other references), proceed to a brief position statement (optional), and then finish with a clearly defined question to debate (required). As our goal is constructive debate, a clearly defined question to debate is mandatory.

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