reply to post by mblahnikluver
I have always thought debating would be interesting. I just hope I dont get a topic I have no idea about!
Oh but you will, you almost definitely will! Or you will be put on the side of a debate that is contrary to what you believe. That's where the fun
Now you have to scramble and research a side of a debate that your unfamiliar with and or don't necessarily agree to.
Of course though, if your really opposed to the position your given, you can opt out too. You won't be penalized for not wanting to debate something
that is against your core beliefs if the subject makes you too uncomfortable.
I once had to debate against abortion (I am pro choice) It was difficult to do. But I got through it and argued to the best of my ability the Pro Life
side of the issue. I did loose, but I gave it a good effort.
It's part of the fun of debates. Getting a subject you have absolutely no clue about. Or a side of an issue that you don't agree with. You tend to
learn a lot in these debates, and reading the work of others while they debate topics makes it an extraordinary part of the ATS experience.
What's also fun is the 24 hour posting rule. You put your post in, then it seems like within 20 milliseconds of hitting the reply button, your
opponent has his response up with his rebuttal to all of your arguments. Now you have 24 hours from that post to put in your next reply.
So all day long your thinking about the debate, questioning yourself, writing, editing, scrutinizing your opponent's post for any edge you can get.
Then you finalize your response, put the beautiful masterpiece of debating gold you just penned up, and hit the reply button, just to watch as your
opponent was already ready with his reply and put it up right after you did.
Then the most diabolical thing happens, the debate is closed to go to the judges. For what seems like an eternity you wait, and wait, and wait. You re
read the debate you had for or five times, marking in your head every single thing you did wrong and knowing the judges have all spotted those same
mistakes. Then one day, you see your debate reply number go up by one. And you know the judgment is in.
With sweaty shaky palms you mouse over to the thread and click it, your heart pounding in your chest, biting your lip as you read the judgment as
written by the moderator. Win, and it means that your stress is going to start all over, loose, and sometimes there is a feeling of freedom at the
loss. You don't have to put yourself through the nightmare that is the organized ATS debate tourney, but you immediately run to this thread and ask
for a challenge match.
It's then you realize that you have just become hopelessly addicted to debating here on ATS.