reply to post by The Vagabond
I am glad I saw this before heading out to work....
NO, NO, NO and NO!!!!!
There should be no topic, (Within the T&C) ((And I believe even then it could be expanded for us)) that is off limits to our forum. Some individual
members may object for the reasons stated in the rules, but never ever off limits.
I am not sure what issue arose, but it is my contention that either the Debater comes prepared to debate whatever the topic is, or they do not enter
Look at it this way.
If we start selecting topics so that certain members wont complain, how far is the stretch before another member complains that the topics are being
"set" for other certain members?
If a member complains long enough until they get a desired topic, is that fair to the rest of the debaters?
Since I have been here I have engaged in debates on Murders and Pedophiles rights to evil Clowns to the Homeless to Colonizing other planets and
Stealing during crisis and many more. Some had good material available, some not so much. Some required a massive amount of research and some required
that I provide the "meat" of the debate.
That is just the way the cookie crumbles, what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander on and on.
As debaters here at ATS we should pride ourselves on being the ATS masters of topic manipulation and research. We can not take that honor if our
debates become tailor made for individuals and stop crossing certain lines, be they self drawn lines or societal.
I will subject to you that there is NO topic I will turn down. I may attempt to alter the topic during the debate, but rest assured that is just a
tactic and not indicative of any dissatisfaction with a topic.
My opinion is that this forum is important now, but has potential far beyond the current configuration and I intend, (God and Admin willing) to stay
the course and be a part of where I see this forum going.
Think of the possibilities:
1. Conflict resolution on the boards: See a couple of posters going at it with potential to be banned; put them in a debate on the subject, and let
the issues be closed on the results of their debate.
2. Topic Exploration: Admin or Mods assigning certain controversial topics to be debated and explored here on this forum.
3. Board Broadcast Challenges: Pick a particular topic and broadcast a challenge to debate. Select several debaters and they all debate the same issue
seeking to expand the boards knowledge of the subject.
There is more, but suffice it to say it excites me what could come from this forum.
Now I have been around long enough to know that perhaps nothing will come from this other than the enjoyment we are experiencing now. Yet it should
not be from lack of trying, topic manipulation or random complaining.
These are just my thoughts all, and it's early, I just woke up and have to work my Sat., so forgive me if some of it is incoherent.