1. It depends on who is replying and to what. On average, I would say between two to five times a day
2. That's pretty much the only section I post to, so see above.
3. I would say that it has increased it, because its a forum where I trust people to be civil and not respond to disagreements with insults etc. So I enjoy and take part in more discussions.
4. I think so, yes. I'd agree with that.
5. I think the main difference between discussing on here vs facebook etc, is the fact that people who come here do so because they aspire to better levels of discourse (being a nerd usually means being intellectually engaged) so there isn't as much possibility of over emotional/angry kinds of argument.
Thank you so much for answering. have you found any other online communities that you feel have a the same level if not more of civil discourse?
The only other website that in my view comes close is the NationStates forum, however it's very densely populated and there are a lot of people there who just troll and joke around with no real sense of serious discussion.
1. Not very often
2. Almost never
3. Not changed my opinions.
5. Yes, people actually research their points.
1. How often do you post in this forum?
Lately it's been several times a week at most.
2. How often is your post in response to something in the Debates, Intellectual Discourse, and Current Events section?
I hardly post anywhere else
3. Do you believe that participating in the Nerdfighteria forum has increased, decreased, or made no change in your level of civic discourse?
4. Do you agree with this statement? Online communities like Nerdfighteria have increased the level of civic discourse on the internet.
I think communities increase reasonable discourse but if there were no communities there would still be tons of fighting and debating.
5. Is debating on this forum different from debating on other social media like facebook? If so how?
This is mid-tier I'd say. Bottom-tier websites are formless websites like facebook where any discussion is likely to be a bit chaotic because those types of discussions are not why facebook exists. Top-tier websites are specific forums dedicated entirely to specific topics (philosophy, politics, etc). This ensures that all members of those forums or websites know a lot about the specific subject at hand and don't usually deviate from it throughout the course of their discussions. We have a somewhat specific community here but nobody has to have any knowledge or interest in anything specific to join this website which means the discussions are going to be somewhat less educated than those top-tier websites but since we are supposed to be a specific community the discussions here are at least a bit more reasonable.
could you give an example of what you believe to be a top tier website.
That's the one I visit often but I came across a lot of others related to science mostly. The thing about top-tier sites is if it doesn't pertain to your interests you won't get a lot out of being there whereas a place like here is (to a much larger extent) open to everybody.
I also go to http://www.avclub.com/
It's not technically a forum but there's a lot of activity there, it's filled with people who are specifically passionate about TV and know a lot about it which leads to some good discussions that you couldn't have with non-experts (a weird phrase to use in this context) so I'd consider it a top-tier site as well.