There are 7 different types of mark. Listed below is the meaning for each one. Note that a claim can be marked with multiple different marks at the same time.
- Unsupported: The claim lacks evidence, either in the form of linked sources or explanatory pros underneath it.
- Not a claim: A claim is a premise within the broader argument made by the branch of the argument tree. As such, it needs to form part of the premises-and-conclusions structure of an argument. Anything that does not do so is not adding to the argument at hand and is not a claim; this mark should be used to point out that problem.
- Unclear: This mark should be used to indicate that the user marking the claim does not understand the meaning of the claim, or some aspect of it, or doubts that all readers will be able to easily do so.
- Vulgar/abusive: This claim is insulting, overly offensive, or unnecessarily vulgar in expression. Kialo aims to provide the greatest degree of freedom of expression, but this should not be misused to attack or insult others - this mark should be used to draw Admin attention to serious misuse of the platform.
- Duplicate claim: The claim repeats another existing claim in the topic, either in part or in full. Redundancy often happens inadvertently when the same claim is created twice, but it can also occur when a claim restates its parent using different wording and consequently does not add very much to the topic.
- Unrelated: The claim does not make a logical connection to its parent, either supporting or attacking it, and is therefore potentially irrelevant in its current location.
- Not sincere: The claim does not appear to represent a genuine attempt to add to the discussion taking place, though does not rise to the level of the ‘Vulgar/abusive’ mark. For example, the claim may be an unsubtle attempt to troll other users.
For information on how to mark a claim, see Marking a Claim for Review.