Actually, the “debate” is whether we should add salt to the water before or after it comes to a boil. So, the answer to this question is this: Many people choose to add salt to the water as soon as they pour it into the pot. Others prefer to wait until it boils to add the salt. Both ways are correct. In any case, though, the salt should be added to the water before the pasta since this is the only way for the pasta to get some of its taste.