Ok, ok. Here's the format update:
Any member with "fighter" status can request a debate, with any parameters, as long as it is a serious ATS topic.
ALL topics MUST be approved by a staff member.
Fighters wishing to start debate threads, must:
1) Contact a debate moderator ( as listed here ) and ask if their debate idea flies or not.
2) If a debate mod agrees with the rough debate idea. the member must then submit their thread - before posting it - to the same staff member for
3) Once that is done then the person starting the debate must also U2U the same staff member when the debate is posted that that staff can review and
*Item 1, italics, list of mods to U2U: We'll have a list of staff you can pm to get approval for the debate. Right now, and this again is flexible,
some may come and go as their time permits, it is GAOTU789, Hefficide, Skyfloating, Semperfortis, xpert11, and tothetenthpower. Any of those will
(personal note: tenth and Heff are the best mods to contact, but you do have a choice. I like tenth because he's quick and thorough.)
W3LIED2 and vkey08 are open for a debate, and have agreed to debate. DWJ001 is
waiting as well, but wishes to debate Pinke, and since he's an established member with newly granted fighter/debate status, we should respect his
enjoies05, waiting for a blind debate,
so we need to match him up as well.
Then the comment:
Apparently topics are being randomized. So if we get set up I do nt know what could happen!
Topics are not randomized. If you REQUEST a blind debate, meaning you'll debate "any" topic, You WILL get a random topic. If you present a debate
topic to one of the above listed mods, they will more than be willing to approve it, so DON'T YOU DARE get intimidated by steps 1 though 3.
(There's a less intimidating revision needed there....)
If you wish to debate a topic, ask a mod or any other member to "host" it for you, and *after a bit of behind the scenes magic* you'll get a thread
to debate in. You don't have to jump through hoops if you simply want a debate to run with, and you don't need to be a regular member in this
forum. 6 month membership and 200 posts. Just ask GAOTU789 for "fighter" status, which gives you access to post here.
(Members who "host" follow rules 1-3, coordinating debates. All hosting rules apply.)
/ASIDE: There's more to debate than just arguing a point in a formal debate, there's the judging and the hosting aspects that also bring in
different orders of critical thinking. Impartiality, responsibility, and honesty all are qualities that need to be reinforced. By letting members
fill in the various roles, we are accomplishing a well-rounded experience in debate./
IF you don't have a debate topic, but would like to hone your debate skills, simply ask for a "blind" debate. Once two members are seeking a
"blind debate", they'll be paired up in a *ahem* randomized topic. Topics will be decided by the debate "host", and the "host" will be
responsible for all aspects of moderator interaction concerning the debate. The host for a debate thread volunteers their duty to see the debate to
it's conclusion, and seeks mod approval on all aspects.
Just ask for a host for a blind debate with /username/. Someone will help you out. You'll get a debate thread, honest, free, and ready for you.
So much for simple........