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What is a debate?
« on: October 13, 2008, 07:39:38 PM »

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1. A discussion involving opposing points; an argument.
2. A formal contest of argumentation in which two opposing teams defend and attack a given proposition.

A debate isn't just an argument about a given topic; it should be looked at as a mental exercise of persuasion where you attempt to convince others that your view is the more logically sound one through presentation of facts, data, common sense, and other material.

The objective is to showcase your position and deal adequately with the weaknesses that your opponent points out, all the while attempting to cast doubt on your opponent's position by attacking their points. A good debater should be able to beat you two times by taking both sides of a particular argument.

Personal insults do not usually accomplish much in debate (unless you can show something like a pattern of being wrong which may have some weight) and are not permitted but nevertheless we developed from a flame forum so we will allow and account for them in a debate here as a small part of the contest. Just be sure to make the insults funny, witty or cutting and not an overuse of trite cliche's nor to use them as a substitute for the material being debated.

Not only does debating force you to think about how to structure your points and examine your own weaknesses but it may also help you to learn more about the subject matter you are discussing through research to back up your points. Even if youre too lazy to take part it is still fun to read and follow others as they present your side or as they attempt to sway you that their side makes the most sound sense. Of course, intelligence questions will come up in that vain.

A debate is mainly for an audience. In this regard for the debater it is always a good idea to keep in mind the attention span of the audience and not to bore them with banal facts and excessive pasted material that someone else wrote or created. Obviously, if your subpar content causes you to lose the audience by them not reading what you posted, you won't win. Thus, you may want to keep your posts succinct and clear.

For the audience, even if you don't necessarily agree with a particular side, your job is to determine who best persuasively presented their side to you while putting biases aside and being as objective as possible.

Keep these concepts in mind and we'll all have fun at this.

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