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    * * * DEBATE ROOM GUIDELINES * * *

    Discussion in 'Debate Room' started by Writing Forums Staff, Apr 13, 2014.

    Until further notice or future need:

    All current rules that apply to the forum as a whole, apply in this area as well. The nature of this subforum in no way negates or makes invalid the rules that apply globally, nor does the vigor with which arguments are presented excuse poor behavior, flaming, name-calling or trolling of any kind. If your knowledge of the forum rules is cursory, I suggest you commit them to memory before entering.

    If you have never participated in a debate, or other types of intellectual discussion that this forum will include, not exclude, understand that it is a different creature than conversations in the rest of the forum. Members will present evidence and logical argument in support of their stance, question, or thesis with a vigor to which you may not be accustomed. If you are not of the temperament to engage politely in such a discussion, think twice before entering. It’s not for everyone, and there's no shame in that. If you are a veteran of formal debate forums, this subforum is not structured to the tight format to which you may be accustomed. It is more informal. From time to time threads will be moved to this forum, at the discretion of the mods, when it appears that the conversation is entering into more rigorous territory.

    In debates you will see many terms used to refute what appear to be logical fallacies (errors) of argument. If you are unfamiliar with these terms, I strongly suggest that familiarizing yourself be your first task before entering into any topic in this subforum. You can find a list of them here (which I do not claim as being fully comprehensive) and there are countless other places on the web. This is crucial information to have.

    When you formulate your stance, thesis, or question, think very carefully as to how you phrase and word it. Use precise words that mean only what you intend to mean. Sloppy, assumptive or casual speech in your phrasing is a sure road to misunderstanding and derailment. Say what you mean, mean what you say.

    The Debate Room is not a Facebook newsfeed or timeline. It's not a place to simply post the atrocity or scandal of the moment with little no more intent than to rabble-rouse or soap-box. You need to state a debatable set of questions.

    Please note that there are requirements for access and participation: to view the Debate Room you must have been a member for 14 days and made 20 posts. To participate you must have been a member for 90 days and made 100 posts.


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