Formal Debate Forum Poll

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Do you favor a Formal Debate Forum on USMB?

  1. Yes.

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    56.0%
  2. No.

    7 vote(s)
    28.0%
  3. Yes, but with a different structure. (Please explain.)

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  4. Do not care.

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  1. asaratis
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    Considering the proposed guidelines following the question, do you favor the installation of a Formal Debate Forum on USMB?

    Proposed Guidelines:

    Three sub forums:
    • Challenges and Notices
    • Debates
    • Comments

    In the Challenges sub-forum, members will propose a topic and seek a challenger. Open to serious replies from all members. Eventually, two members will agree to debate. Within this sub-forum, the two debaters agree upon a moderator, judges (usually three), rules, exact statement of the question and a start date. When the debate is started, the related challenge thread is closed. (Alternatively, Admin may choose to appoint a moderator to handle all formal debates. Since the debate threads will likely not accumulate anywhere near the rate of regular threads, this may turn out to be feasible.)

    In the Debates sub-forum, only the two debaters and the moderator of that particular debate may post. Their postings continue until the debate is ended. When the debate is over, the thread is closed. A debate ends when a) the agreed upon number of posts have been made and the judges have weighed in with their votes, or b) a debater defaults without forgiveness of the opponent and moderator, or c) other reasons considered sufficient by Admin to stop the debate.

    In the Comments (or Kibitzers) sub-forum, anyone other than the debaters, their moderator and judges can post at anytime with comments concerning that particular debate (identical or similar thread titles). These threads remain open unless closed by Admin.
     
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    It would never happen. :lol:
     
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    Already has....under a different label. :lol:
     
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    It should be limited to no more than 5 rounds, to prevent needless repetition.
     
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    Very popular these days is the 5/4 format. He who goes first goes last also. Often the Affirmative proponent starts. Depending on the agreed upon wording of the question, that person could be either for or against something.

    Things like time limits, number of words limits, use of urls, who goes first and other things like those would be worked out in the challenge stage.

    (I would not allow any urls at all. Every word posted should be from the debater or from a cut and pasted quote of a cited source....all words counting toward the agreed upon limit.)

    (I would also not allow emoticons.) :lol:
     
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    Voted no.
     
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    I like formal debate, but this is not the place for it. When I've got a hankerin' for gettin' all highbrow, I know where to go. :cool:
     
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    Thats too complicated. I've seen it attempted and it never works out. But feel free to try it again, maybe you can get it right.
     
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    Do you understand that chickens shit?


    I seldom visit US Law for Jabrones - US Message Board - Political Discussion Forum . There have been 6 threads started there since its inception. I venture there would be 600 threads started in such a forum as I propose within one month.

    Can you share a destination by PM or are you just being coy?

    It would not be me. It would be us...as in USMessageBoard
     
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    You are too new to know this has been discussed at length and the reason many of us think its a waste has been stated.

    Feel free to dig up the old threads.
     

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