reply to post by The Vagabond
There's a lot of work to do, running the debate forum, and I'd like to propose a new judging method.
I'd really like to see the debating forum take off again. There are members out there who wish to debate, for nothing less than the mental exercise.
With no time limits, there's no hurry to be overwhelmed by the necessity to reply to your opponent, so I suggest taking a lower key, but keep the
debates going. Personally, I like the opportunity to think about my opponents reply, and I enjoy doing the research. My work schedule doesn't allow
me 24/7 access to the net, but that doesn't prevent me from thinking about topics in the interim.
I propose a shift in the judging paradigm. Turn it over to a set of fighters who have the time to dedicate to reading the debates. Ask formally for
volunteers. I would be one, maybe beezzer, but we need to see who would volunteer.
Then, make it a double tally. Each post in a debate gets stars, then the panel of three volunteer members make their comments, after the debate is
over, and then the winners are decided by stars. Each set of three volunteers preside over an individual debate. The groups of member judges can
vary from debate to debate, but the actual winner of the debate will solely be decided by the tally of stars in all the five posts in the thread,
added to the star tally of the panel of judges that voted for them.
This is not a time intensive responsibility. As a volunteer judge, one of three residing over a single debate, and with no time limits, being a
debate judge will be a casual experience. You will need to read the debate, and after it is over, post a comment as to why you picked your winner.
You'll get stars for your vote, and they will be tallied up with the stars the opponents got throughout the entire debate.
All previous rules apply.
The debate thread will need to state the three member judges so they adhere to their responsibility, and in this thread, people can say (volunteer)
that they would be a judge in the creation of a new debate thread.
That makes it a bit more complicated. Not only do you have to find a debate partner, you now have to find three judges.
But honestly, if two other members decide on a debate, I would post a reply "Judge one reporting in." All the member would then have to do is u2u
The Vagabond with the premise, the debate partner, and the three members that would be doing the judging.
Thus said, I guess I should ask how many members would volunteer to judge?
I will also ask for refinements to the procedure. Any thoughts?