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Should we have a formal debate section here at nglreturns?
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Shaker
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:41 pm    Post subject: Formal debate section?  Reply with quote

I've been toying with the idea of introducing a feature to nglreturns which I've seen (and seen work very successfully indeed, at its best) on other sites, namely, a formal debate section where two and only two members on opposite sides of a particular issue agree to debate said issue back and forth. The debate would be for those two members only, without input from anyone else - for others to be able to comment on the ongoing debate a new but separate thread can be created. Some sites impose a limit on the length of each reply (say, a maximum of 1500 words at a time), others don't, but the idea is that two members agree to debate a particular issue fairly strictly. Only those two members contribute and they take it in turns replying and rebutting the previous post until both parties agree by mutual consent that the debate has ended.

Any thoughts, troops? Does anybody like the sound of it and if so, does anybody have any ideas as to what they'd like to see debated?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have also come across such discussion boards where they have a formal debating section and they usually make for some interesting reading.

It might work here - I guess it all depends on who the combatants are and how well they know the subjects.

I take it the debates would follow the tradition course of an opening statement, followed by 1st and 2nd rebuttals, then end with a final conclusion?

(Although instead of having a separate thread you could wait until the debate is over and then allow others to contribute to the debate on the same thread..  if that makes sense)!!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. It would certainly be interesting and refreshing to read a serious debate between two well-informed and articulate participants.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having participated in something similar (quite some time ago) it can work very well indeed.  

The way that they did it on the board I was on was for each person to post an article (it had to be written by that person) and then those articles were used as a platform from which to start the debate.  

It certainly got the ol' grey matter chugging away!!  
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Judders Lady... wrote:
Leonard James wrote:
Yes. It would certainly be interesting and refreshing to read a serious debate between two well-informed and articulate participants.


Morning Leonard,

Without the knowledge (educated in the subject) being articulate would be pointless because they would be well-spoken about nothing.


Which is precisely why I said well-informed and articulate. Trying to understand badly written posts is frustrating and boring.

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I believe the most important part of any debate is that the informed/educated person are able to contribute his/her knowledge.

Not sure that being educated or informed will make them right!


It is much more likely they will be than if they were uneducated or uninformed.

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Religion and the whole kit and caboodle tends to decide that before any debate takes place.  Faith... is not set in stone.  What
will be interesting to see, is how it all pans out.


Yes, we shall have to wait and see.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Funny - I always thought a debate, especially on internet forums, comprises of one side offering a formal presentation of a stated proposition and another side arguing in opposition to the claim, where the participants have a chance to present and defend their arguments in the hope of persuading others to the validity of their views...
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well yes - unless you think that 'debate' actually means a chance to tell everyone why you are right and they are wrong...

My Granddad is a bit like that - I remember so well how one day he said (and with a perfectly straight face...)

"I'm not dogmatic! I'm only dogmatic when I know I'm right!"  
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if the naysayers to the idea will let themselves be known.....
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyway Shaker...

Why don't you just add the section anyway and wait and see what happens...

You'll never know until you try!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Canard's back wrote:

You'll never know until you try!!!

I wonder why that phrase rings a loud bell for me?  

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