Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I have to submit a post with another person? I just want to tell the story and see what people say.
Voting and Commenting:
How does Side With Me work?
It's pretty simple. To be considered for publication on Side With Me, users must submit two sides of a debate by clicking on the "Submit" button (located on the top right-hand corner of each page). As soon as a debate is posted online, visitors to Side With Me can vote for the side that they think is "more right". A winner is declared when the number of votes required to win a debate is reached. You can also see comments from the Side With Me community and give your own advice by clicking on "Comments" on the bottom of each post.
What is "Number of Votes to Win"?
The side that is first to receive a certain number of votes from the Side With Me community wins. When submitting a debate, users can choose how many votes will be required for a winner to be declared for their debate. The default is 1000 votes but you can increase or decrease that number depending on how popular you think you or your argument will be.
What should I put in the "Question"?
This is essentially the question being asked in your debate.
What does "Fill in Both Sides" mean?
If you're in the same room as the person you have a debate with, you can take turns filling in your two sides of the debate and submitting the debate to us.
What does "Email a Friend" mean?
If you are not in the same room as the other person, you can enter your side of a debate and request that the other person complete his/her side and complete the submission process. When you select the "Email a Friend" option, you get to set the Number of Votes to Win and the determine the Question.
How do I know if my debate has been posted?
During the submission process, you will be asked to enter your email address (optional for users who are together when submitting the debate). We will send you a notification if your debate has been selected for publication.
Why don't I see my debates on Side With Me?
Our goal is to provide engaging content about a wide range of human conflicts. We receive many posts a day and are only able to select a small portion to be posted. Of course we have internal guidelines for reviewing and accepting posts but, generally speaking, a good submission must be balanced, well-written and believable. Although serious topics are sometimes included, Side With Me does not intend to - nor does it hold itself out to be able to - resolve serious debates (there are professionals out there who can help with that).
Why do I have to submit a debate with another person? I just want to tell the story and see what people say.
Side With Me is not a place for people to vent about and get advice on their debate (there are plenty of sites for that, though). We want to create a forum where two parties who are having a debate, conflict, fight, argument, tiff - whatever you want to call it - can present their side of the story and leave it up to the public to decide who is right.
How can I edit or delete a debate that I submitted?
How do I vote?
You can vote by simply clicking "Side With Me" on the side of a given argument that you agree with.
Why doesn't the voting work?
There are two reasons why voting might not work. First, if you have already voted on a particular debate, voting will be disabled for that debate. Voting is also shut down when a winner has been declared in an argument. You can still read the debate and give advice but you can no longer take a side.
What do you mean by Need Votes and No More Votes?
When you click on "Need Votes", you will be directed to conflicts where no winner has been declared yet. The closer the two sides of an debate are in terms of total votes, the more likely that debate will show up in the Need Votes section. To see debates where a winner has already been declared, click on No More Votes.
How do you determine if an debate should be in the Popular category?
When an debate gets a lot of attention - either from votes or people providing comments - we will move it to the Popular category.
How do I report offensive content?
You can contact us with the debate's URL and we will take a look.
What's the benefit of creating an account?
Creating an account has many benefits. The only way to join a debate and give your two cents on a given debate is to log into Side With Me. Logging in will also allow you to track the posts you've submitted, advised on and added to your list of favorites. Of course, you can still vote, submit posts and view comments without logging in.
How can I delete my Side With Me account?
How do I contact you?
Other questions? Suggestions? Complaints? General thoughts? Just shoot us an email.