Topical Talk Festivals are all about showcasing a diverse range of perspectives from around the world.
If there is an imbalance in perspectives that might affect this diversity, for example, if the discussion is flooded with similar view points, the Topical Talk team might curate the discussion a bit more.
This might mean…
…we introduce a cap on comments for students in some areas.
If you receive a notification saying that we cannot accept your comment because there are too many from your area, this does not mean that your ideas aren’t good – it just means that we want to give other students a chance to be heard as well as you, because you have already contributed to the discussion.
If you see this notification, enjoy spending time reading other student’s opinions and try again the next day.
…we prioritise accepting comments that reply to other students.
Replies are very important for the Festival because they help you to develop the discussions.
…we reject comments with ideas that are very similar to things that have already been said.
We strongly advise you to read the discussion and try to think of something new.
Alternatively, if your ideas are similar to someone else's, reply to them and say why you agree, rather than just repeating the same points again.
How else could we help more people to be heard on the Hub?
For example, how else could we balance discussions to make sure Topical Talkers from every country have a fair say?
Or how could we encourage more countries to join the fun?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
A final tip from the Topical Talk team: to get the most out of the Festival, you should be spending most of your time on the Hub reading other view points and thinking about why there are different opinions about the news. Try to look for opinions that are different from your own!