posted on Mar, 18 2009 @ 03:38 PM
By the way guys, I've been kicking around an idea for an informal debate structure, and I was wondering if any of you who are now out of the
tournament (or fear that you may be eventually) would like to join me in a trial of it whenever I'm out of the tournament.
Basically, a very broad topic is stipulated, perhaps even as broad as, "What will the world be like in 2100?"
Any fighter (or perhaps any fighter within a designated candidate group in some cases) may chime in whenever they like, in no particular order and
without invitation, except that nobody may make two consecutive posts.
In your first post, you MAY explicitly state your position- if you are assuming one (you can participate in a strict feedback capacity without
assuming a position), preferably in a sentence, maybe in a small paragraph.
In ALL posts, you MAY state or elaborate on your position, you MUST address at least one point in the post immediately preceeding yours, you MAY
address as much as you like of ONLY ONE other post.
The debate continues for as long as it continues and there is no official judging.
Upon the motion of any participating fighter which is not opposed by another within 48 hours, or upon the ruling of a debate moderator, the debate may
be concluded, at which point every fighter who wishes to recieve ranking points for the event (if any are offered) must post a summary stating either
that they maintain their original position, have been converted to the position of another, or would like to submit a compromise position (which
following summaries may choose to endorse).
Basically the idea is to apply the same basic approach as we always do in debates (including socratic questions), but in a cooperative search for ANY
answer rather than competitive advocacy of ONE answer, and everyone who participates gets the point reward, if any, (and maybe if someone's position
achieves concensus they get a special bonus).
Ideas, Criticisms, glowing praise, snide remarks?