study on how to 'sway people'


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Havent read the full paper yet, or ever heard of the site "change my view" but sounds like interesting info. and checking out the site "Change My View", itself could be helpful to debunkers to see what works and what doesnt.


  • Researchers analysed two years of posts on forum site ChangeMyView
  • They found that the first person to reply typically was the most persuasive
  • Using 'calm' words and citing examples, with links, are more convincing
  • People can also check whether it's worth the debate based on the language used in the original post

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The full study:
Furthermore, by comparing similar counterarguments to the same opinion, we show that language factors play an essential role.

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