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I see this as structured.. but much more lenient than our current format.
We would take turns speaking and the moderator of the debate would keep us under our allocated time. We can have a chat window open to let them know when they are running out of time. Simple reminders when we have 1 minute left, 30 seconds, 10 seconds... you get the picture.
We would simply take turns going back and forth on an issue for say approximately 20 minutes.
At that time the moderator could intervene and request a short 60 second closing statement from each and then rap it up.
The topic itself should be open in and of itself.
Something along the lines of...
"Barack Obama is going to make the world a better place"
"Sarah Palin is qualified to be commander in chief"
"The USA needs to pull out of Iraq"
Something that more or less resembles an open-ended question as opposed to a close-ended question. We don't want to restrict ourselves within the debate topic and allow ourselves as much to chew on as possible.
I'm sure after we see a few of these we'll see how to improve them.
But it would be imperative in this format that the participants do not cut one another off. Each participant is allocated a certain amount of time and is entitled to every second of it. If they run over time, the moderator shall intervene and hand it over to the other participant.
I think it could be a lot of fun.
Originally posted by chissler
A question I would like to propose to our fighters would be that in this style of debate, should be incorporate a short 5-10 minute break?