Formal Debate Forum

Discussion in 'Questions & Suggestions for CFnet Staff' started by JM, Apr 16, 2005.

  1. JM

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    I'd like to see a formal debate forum where two people can clearly state what they believe following rules. ex. another member is invited to debate, an opening post explaining what it is they believe is made by each, 2 or 3 posts in rebuttal and a final closing post by each.

    What do you think?

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  2. Blazin Bones

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  3. JM

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    In a formal debate, it's not as easy to become heated like in the apologetics forum, where you get the majority bulling the minority.
     
  4. JM

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    Suggested rules:

    First post by each debater will define the doctrine.
    Second post by each debater will be a rebuttal.
    Third post by each debater will be a list of no more then 5 questions.
    Forth post by each debater will be a rebuttal to the answers given to the 5 questions.
    Last post by each debater will be closing statements.
     
  5. Bnerd

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    Heh I didn't even see this topic and I was working on a post for this subject.
    It works great when it gets going.

    One that no post could be made only viewed. This would be how it would work.

    There would be 4 sections.
    1. Challenge
    2. Debate
    3. Open discussion
    4. Archive

    In the Challenge section a user post a subject or topic he wants to debate with a very brief description.
    Once his challenge has been accepted, each person will have 3 days to submit their paper to the debate moderator.
    After the moderator reviews both papers for rule violations he would then post both of them in the debate section at the same time. After the papers are posted each party has 2 days to comment on each others position and submit them to the moderator for review and posting.
    If anyone wants to comment on that weeks debate subject may do so in open discussion section. At the end of the week the debate topic would then be moved into the archive section so anyone can view past debates. Any new debates can then be posted in the debate section. I would also suggest deleting the open discussion section at the end of the debate to keep it nice and clean.
    This way there is a simple post and reply with out fussing and fighting.

    Rules and guidelines
    1. Repect all rules and guidelines of the host server.
    2. There would be no derogatory remarks can be made such as "your church" "your crazy" "you people" ect..
    3. All statements must be backed by the source. (ex. book, chapter and verse)
    4. If any outside sources (commentaries, internet quotes, ect..) should be referenced at bottom of page.
    5. Sources such as dictionaries and concordance can be omitted from the reference.
    6. There can only be one who challenges and one who accepts per debate.
    7. Only one debate per week may be added to the debate section.

    This worked on my server (when it was up). It took about 4 months for it to kick off.
    Peace!
     
  6. Sothenes

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    Those rules are only fair to academic types or people who don't have to work but get to sit around all day and prepare their responses. Such work requires 2,500 words, 5,000 words or more to present an issue because you know that you will be closing the debate early (2 to 3 posts in rebuttal). That kind of work overwhelms the average user.

    Some issues have to be worked out over the course of six months or more because it takes time for research since the person you are debating hasn't given their opponent their paper ahead of time.

    Its also unfair in terms of a user seeking truth and having to give a term paper on why he has a right to believe scripture on a forum because other people in a forum are hostile to their truth. It is also unfair if a Christian is in the minority and they not only have to defend truth against a majority but they also have to give a term paper on truth as well.
     
  7. Sothenes

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    2 John 1:10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into [your] house, neither bid him God speed:

    The Christian Research Institute has taught that this verse means to not give anyone a platform to teach their truth so I question why we need a debate forum to hear non-Christian truth like the non-Christian truth I hear in the apologetics forum.
     
  8. Vic C.

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    If this ever comes to being, we could make it a Christian Only Forum, where members would have to PM an Admin for permission to enter the Forum.
     
  9. Skipdawg

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    Good idea Vic. such can get out of control fast. A forum I once moderated gave it a try and it got out of control in 3 days being a open forum to all.

    Sadly that forum did not last. But setting it up as a private invite type board or special permissions board could work where there was someone looking after it all the time.

    Good luck if you all go for this. :wink:
     
  10. Lewis

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    Vic I like your idea. And what about mods, because sometimes you Judy and Logan are not around.
     
  11. Vic C.

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    Mods won't need to ask for permission to post, you will already have permission due to the fact that you ARE a Mod. It would be read-only for all who don't ask for posting rights, so it won't completely be private.
     
  12. Sothenes

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    What is the point of this forum if you don't have a new believers class open to only new believers and only Christians who adhere to a statement of faith? You are going to lead them to...what? You already have a poll in the Bible study section where three people believe in justification by faith alone and five people who believe we are saved by works. Young Christians would be led to confusion. Your purpose here is to lead them to...what?
     
  13. Lewis

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    Yeah Skip we would have to keep a eye on it, thats for sure.
     
  14. Vic C.

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    Sorry Sothenes,

    I don't see how your post has anything to do with JM's OP.

    Feel free to start a new suggestion thread outlining a possible New Believers Forum and it can be discussed there. Thanks.

    Peace,
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  15. JM

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    If you're not interested...

    That's not what I had in mind and you're just being plain silly.

    "It's not fair, it's not fair..." :oops: Then keep posting the way you're posting and stay out of the formal debates.

    ;-)
     
  16. JM

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    The point would be to push new believers to find the meat themselves, if they disagree, then why...studying to shew thyself approved...
     

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