[Game] THE GREAT DEBATE

Discussion in 'Archive: The Senate Floor' started by Souderwan, Jun 30, 2007.

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  1. Souderwan Chosen One

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    THE GREAT DEBATE!!

    Welcome to the first-ever TF.N International Debating Competition! I am your humble *snicker* host. Throughout these competitions, you may address me either as â??Mr. Moderatorâ?? (to distinguish me from the more erudite and brightly colored individuals of the same name that frequent the Senate) or as Souderwan, if you prefer.

    The purpose of this competition is to seek out and reward the very best of our debaters here on the boards and where better to settle such a question than here in the vaunted Senate Arena? The debate truly is international and the topics we will select will represent the globalized world in which we live, though there will be a slight leaning toward western-centric topics. All are invited to participate and there will be rewards for successful debaters.

    THE RULES

    General

    1. Each debater will sign up at the beginning of debating season by adding his/her name to the list provided by Mr. Moderator. A â??Seasonâ?? is one complete game.

    2. Mr. Moderator will randomly assign each player an opponent and a topic. The player in the â??proâ?? or â??conâ?? position will also be assigned randomly, though Mr. Moderator retains the right to reassign from random selections for the benefit of the game.

    3. A â??Debateâ?? will be defined as the period during which a pair of players square off during a 2 hr period (explained below).

    4. A â??Roundâ?? will be defined as the period during which all assigned pairs complete their debates and a winner is declared.

    5. Depending on the number of participants in the game, a bracketed system will be employed with enough rounds of debating within a Season to declare an â??Ultimate Debaterâ??.

    6. Each Debate winner in a given round will be awarded a temporary VIPship for no less than 24 hrs but no more than 72 hrs, depending on the Round in which the debate is won. Each debate loser will be given a 24 hr game ban.

    7. â??The Ultimate Debaterâ?? will win 2 weeks of VIPship and be given the title â??The Ultimate Debaterâ?? until he a new winner achieves the title in a subsequent Season.

    The Debate

    1. 48 hrs prior to a Debate during a Round, the players will be notified via PM and the upcoming debate posted in this thread. The players will be notified as to what the topic is and which position they are tasked to take.

    2. Players may decline one debate invitation without penalty but declining a second invitation will result in disqualification. This does not include declining due to an inability to participate during the period that the debate is to take place. Each player is encouraged to notify Mr. Moderator of the timeframe in which s/he is available to participate.

    3. Each Debate will run for two hours at the maximum. Each player will be given the opportunity to make an opening post, not to exceed 1000 words, defining his/her position.

    4. Following this, the players will be allowed a period of up to 30 mins for rebuttal. This may be done through back and forth posting. Mocking of poorly made arguments is encouraged and will be awarded extra points.

    5. The debate will conclude with a Q&A session, led by Mr. Moderator, who will ask the players questions on the topic.

    6. The winner for each debate will be selected by Mr. Moderator, with input from â??The Audienceâ??. The Audience may voice their opinions throughout the debate but only votes sent by PM to Souderwan will be considered. Mr. Moderator retains a 51% percent vote. Objections to Mr. Moderatorâ??s decision will be acknowledged and subsequently ignored. Should sufficient dissent over Mr. Moderatorâ??s decision-making come to the fore, a debate concerning his faculties will be considered as a future topic.

    7. Mr. Moderator will, during the course of a debate, assign or subtract points to players (at his whim) based on the quality of the debaterâ??s post. â??Qualityâ?? is defined as any or all of the following: evidence, logical consis
  2. Souderwan Chosen One

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  3. Hammurabi Force Ghost

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    Sounds like fun.

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  4. ophelia Cards Against Humanity Host. Ex-Mod

    Game Host
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    I am so going to regret this. :p

    So is the loser gamebanned, or is the public mockery and eternal archiving of their abysmal failure enough?

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  5. Souderwan Chosen One

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    No. No game bans. The shame and disappointment alone of being identified as nothing more than a strawman should be punishment enough. :p

  6. Sith-Lord-Gunray Ex-Mod

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    You will all soon be grovelling at my feet of intellect!!!
  7. Jedi_Johnson Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Apr 6, 2002
    star 5
    I want in.

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  8. Hammurabi Force Ghost

    Member Since:
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    :confused:
  9. soitscometothis Force Ghost

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    star 5
  10. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

    Manager
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    Mr. Moderator loses points for inconsistency.


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  11. Lord_BlackAdder Force Ghost

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  12. Jansons_Funny_Twin Jedi Grand Master

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    You are virran! VIRRAN!
  13. Jansons_Funny_Twin Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
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    EDIT: Double-post. Stupid laptop.


    You are virran! VIRRAN!
  14. Obi-Zahn Kenobi Chosen One

    Member Since:
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    star 7
    I want colors for posting smart!

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    Is there a special bonus round where we face off against K_K, KW, malkie, or E_S?
  15. ophelia Cards Against Humanity Host. Ex-Mod

    Game Host
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    star 6
    & I looze points already 4 being unabble 2 reed. :(
  16. Quixotic-Sith Manager Emeritus

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    Jun 22, 2001
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    Kind of a "Test your might" Mortal Kombat-style thing?
  17. Obi-Zahn Kenobi Chosen One

    Member Since:
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    star 7
    Exactly.

    Then we can go against you in philosophy to unlock the ultra special super debate.

    And it has to be in German, too.
  18. Quixotic-Sith Manager Emeritus

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    star 6
    Gern geschehen. ;)
  19. Ender Sai Chosen One

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    [image=http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/c/c0/250px-W3ftpc044.jpg]

    You are not prepared!

    E_S
  20. Jansons_Funny_Twin Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Jul 31, 2002
    star 6
    I would say "Don't make me go Arthas on your ass", but Arthas was a *****.

    Now Malfurion! There's a man...er, night elf. I mean, I don't remember gathering any "Malfurion's Tears." No no! It is Arthas who is the little crybaby *****.




    You are virran! VIRRAN!
  21. Souderwan Chosen One

    Member Since:
    Jun 3, 2005
    star 6
    Apologies, all. I was very tired this morning and didn't read my own rules. :p

    Yes. Losers get a 24 hr game ban. If that confusion leads you to want to drop out of the competition, please let me know either here or via PM.

  22. Jansons_Funny_Twin Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Jul 31, 2002
    star 6
    24 hour ban?

    *yawn*

    Sonny, there's an award in the EUC called the "Jifty Award", formally "The 'Most Likely To Be Banned For Nothing' Award".

    BRING IT! FOR KHAZ MODAN!




    You are virran! VIRRAN!
  23. Mr_Moderator Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Jun 30, 2007
    At this time, I'd like to solicit topics to be added to the random topics pool, which is currently only 8-strong (therefore making it not very random). If there's a topic you'd like debated, PM me or Souderwan or you may post it here in this thread. There is no guarantee that your recommendation will be accepted, but feel free to offer it anyway.

    Also, each contestant is encouraged to PM Souderwan (not me) what his/her available two-hour blocks are sooner, rather than later, so as to avoid you wasting your first refusal on something as silly as not being able to make the debate. ;)

  24. Quixotic-Sith Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jun 22, 2001
    star 6
    Intelligent Design: Science or Pseudoscience?

    I'd like to observe this one for a change, instead of taking part.
  25. Lowbacca_1977 Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jun 28, 2006
    star 6
    When'll the next round be to get in on?
    (I'm in tasmania for a week so i knew I'd be out of any activity soon)

    For topic help, do you want just topics, or resolutions that have an affirmative/negative stance to take?
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