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Release status: beta
Implementation Parser function , Tag , Page action
Description Adds tags that allow a rebuttal for a section of text to be displayed in a column to its right, plus helpers that allow case category and case point hierarchies to be easily created. Requires the CategoryTree and SubPageList3 extensions.
Author(s) Mark Reginald James (Silicotalk)
Latest version 0.27 (2008-12-22)
MediaWiki ?
License MIT License
Download svn://svn-server.mooo.com/mw_debate_extension/trunk/Debate

Check usage and version matrix.

What can this extension do?[edit]

The Debate extension allows a wiki to host a collection of accumulating, hierarchical, and closely-argued debates. The extension—

  1. Adds <debate>, <contended>, and <rebuttal> tags that allow rebuttal text to appear alongside sections of page text.
  2. Adds the {{#addcategory:}}, {{#addcase:}}, {{#addpoint:}}, and {{#addsubpoint:}} parser functions that allow category and case-point hierarchies to be created through input boxes.
  3. Allows subpage lists displayed by the SubPageList3 extension to remain current by purging the appropriate page caches after page creation, deletion, or renaming, and by automatically renaming the sub-pages of a renamed page.

Download instructions[edit]

In the MediaWiki extensions directory, run

svn co svn://svn-server.mooo.com/mw_debate_extension/trunk/Debate


To install this extension, add the following to LocalSettings.php:


Ensure the prerequisite CategoryTree and SubPageList3 extensions are installed, then apply the included patch to the SubPageList3 extension.


Version 0.27, 2008-12-22

Implement the "watch all" and "unwatch all" tabs to allow one-click watching of page hierarchies. Not yet done are tooltips, Ajax, and some error messages.

Version 0.2, 2008-12-21

Allow rebuttal sections to be displayed in truncated form, terminated by an ellipsis that can be clicked to reveal the full text of that rebuttal section. This prevents long rebuttals from interrupting the case text flow.

Version 0.1, 2008-09-16

Initial release.

Planned Enhancements[edit]

  • Allow editing of case texts to be restricted to certain users, while rebuttals can be changed by all. (Extract case text, check for changes.)
  • Add an <aside> tag that places text in tooltips, eliminating the need to clutter texts with explanations (especially responses to rebuttals).
  • Paragraph-level watching.