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Create or Join a Debate

You can start a new debate by defining the motion and becoming the Organiser of that debate. Alternatively, you can participate in an ongoing debate by using a debate ID (or opening a link) shared by a debate Organiser.

Table of contents

  1. Creating a New Debate
  2. Joining an Ongoing Debate

Creating a New Debate

To start a new debate (and become the Organiser), click on the ‘Debate’ menu in the menu bar. If you are not logged in yet, you will have to enter your username and password before you can continue.

Debate Menu

Enter the motion in the Create Debate dialog, then hit the + button on the bottom right. You will enter the lobby in a few seconds, where you can invite others, wait for them to join, and assign their role once they arrive.

Define Motion Dialog

Joining an Ongoing Debate

When an organizer invites you to a debate, you will receive a link (that is similar to the one below). When you open the link, it will take you to the Lobby directly (you may have to log in during that process).

Alternatively, you can click on the Debate menu and enter the meeting ID you received from your organizer. The debate ID is a combination of letters and numbers separated by hyphens, similar to the one below.


Enter the meeting ID and click on the arrow button, it will take you to the Lobby of the debate.

Join Debate Dialog

Note that you will be able to join a debate only in one of the following two cases:

  1. The debate is in the Lobby stage.
  2. The debate is Preparation, Debate, or Evaluation stage, and the Organizer has assigned you a role to you in the Lobby.

For more information about various stages of a debate, please see the section on the Debate Workflow.