The Debate Culture Pattern

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This page is a part of Design Patterns.

Its content is derived from the presentation "Building a Hacker Space" by Jens Ohlig and Lars Weiler.

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You are in the middle of your weekly plenum. Everybody’s yelling, nothing gets done.


Many geeks have very poor debate skills, the result of years of flamewars on the Net. Make people with actual social skills mediate the discussion. Those with a background in real-life conflict-resolution work (e.g. student council) were best for our group. Learn from them. Learn not to interrupt others.