One of the things that I've been wanting to try is an essay competition. Where people have to write a short standard format essay on a topic, and
then the judges pick a winner, we wouldn't assing pro or con positions or anything like that.
Another was to have a competitive essay, where one person write a pro essay, the other writes a con essay, on a topic, and that is judged. There
could be multiple rounds (in which case we'd probably have to assign topics and positions), or we could just have it as a one off thing, announce
some topics, say we need a pro and con, and accept applicants.
The 'skrimage' is something that we've been trying to work out for a while. To have a mini tournament with much fewer responses.
A problem with making things faster paced is that people usually can't respond consistently on a shorter-than 24 hour basis. The progress of the
whole tournament is usually limited by how quickly the judges can make their determinations also, maybe having a 'permanent' panel of judges might
I assure you though, we've been tossing these ideas around for a while. The whole debate structure took a hit not so long ago, fortunately, with a
lot of help from Kano (oh yeah, he's still working behind the scenes, and in front of them too!), things are slowly progressing.
Any suggestions would be great too.
live chat debate sounds VERY tough and very interesting
We do have pod mods who are tech savvy enough to possibly moderate such a thing. I'd think that it can be done with something like Skype or some
other VOIP service, on a conference call, record it, then upload it to the podcast directory.
We did have a debate tourny where people made podcasts and then responded to one another. It would be nice to have one that flows quickly and off the
cuff though. However, that does require paying for the phone to phone call, so far as I know.
to bring in those who really don't consider writing college level essays a form of entertainment.
Bah, screw those people! I want my 5 paragraph format!!
Another thing that we've been trying to encourage is for people to challenge other posters, formally, on a topic, and "take it to the debate
A long while back I was trying to get together a 'Team Debate', wherein we'd create new accounts for the pro and con positions, and have, say,
three or four members collaborate on their responses, and then post anonymously under that name.
The problem with that was getting enough people to do it, also, you can imagine that that'd require a much longer period of time between reponses.
Some good ideas here so far, it'll be neat to hear from more members!