Mapping the world's opinions

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The Map format looks to map the general positions or viewpoints around any given issue. Maps provide an overview of the broad groups of opinion on any given subject, and they answer the question: “What are the positions on…?”

Maps provide a way of grouping smaller IXY questions. For example: “Map: greatest ever footballers” provides a way of grouping smaller level IXY Questions like: “Is Messi the greatest ever footballer?”, “Is Pele the greatest ever footballer?”, etc… because the Map can cover them all.

Maps will always follow the format “Map: #MeToo”, “Map: implications of climate change”, “Map: causes of the Civil War”

Identifying Questions

Maps are qualitatively different from IXY Questions. IXY Questions have answers, Maps seek to map the terrain of opinion around a particular issue.

Examples of Maps might be:
“Maps: #MeToo”; “Maps: how do deal with the crisis in Syria”; “Maps: causes of climate change”.

As with IXY Questions, Maps cover issues (general or specific) about which there is significant disagreement, and which have multiple Proponents debating their opinions on the subject with each other.

Identifying Positions

With Maps, more judgment has to be exercised to identify the broad positions since they won’t follow the same Affirmative/Negative/Indeterminate/Irrelevant pattern of IXY Questions. To help narrow these down, Parli limits the number of Positions to 8 for each Map.

Individual Positions should be framed, as much as possible, so that a single assertion is being made. Generally, each Position should be expressible via a single declarative statement without conditional clauses, i.e. "X is Y" or "X is not Y" - not "X is Y and Z" or "X is Y if A".

When framing Maps, a gauge of relevance and importance is the Word Test: what is the number or significance of Proponents who use a particular word or phrase as a component of their arguments? If, for example, several Proponents use the term “legal” in their arguments, they may be usefully grouped in the “X is legal” Position.

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