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    Aside from TSR Model Parliament, I cannot seem to find a dedicated debating-style thing on the site. So here's my proposition - The TSR Debating Group.

    It would work roughly like this:
    • Every week/ 2 weeks/ month (depending on how active it becomes), a new debate topic is introduced by a neutral moderator. (e.g. 'Human nature and society's structure makes war inevitable' - Debate!; 'The death penalty should be brought back' - Debate!; etc.)
    • Members of the group will be randomly assigned to one of two camps - one supporting the statement/one side of the argument, and the other group the opposite. (perhaps people will get to choose, just seemed like a fun idea).
    • It is then up to the members (those who want to - not compulsory, of course), either collaboratively or individually, to argue for their side in under1000 words (perhaps more/less).
    • Either one or many neutral moderators will then read through each side's arguments, and collectively decide which side had the most convincing, coherent and logical argument.Maybe there'd some kind of running score for each 'side', or maybe prizes(!?) - no idea at this stage.


    Hopefully this will allow people to broaden their horizons on varying topics, and practising arguing on topics they do not feel confident in or disagree with. I also intend the topics to be non-specialist, meaning anyone can weigh in.

    If this sounds like something that should exist, post a comment below saying you're interested(equally, post format ideas, other relevant stuff etc.)! If I get enough people, I'll make a group and invite ya'll.
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      Something like this was tried last year in the form of the TSR Big Debates. As far as I know there wasn't too much enthusiasm for it and there were organisational problems (they made it teams with each member of either team given a two-hour slot - people kept bailing at the last minute, requiring replacements or forcing members who didn't bail to fill in, and so on). Only two such events were held, after which I think everyone quietly acknowledged there wasn't any appetite for it. People who do debate seemingly prefer the freestyle nature of the existing debate section.
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      (Original post by Hydeman)
      Something like this was tried last year in the form of the TSR Big Debates. As far as I know there wasn't too much enthusiasm for it and there were organisational problems (they made it teams with each member of either team given a two-hour slot - people kept bailing at the last minute, requiring replacements or forcing members who didn't bail to fill in, and so on). Only two such events were held, after which I think everyone quietly acknowledged there wasn't any appetite for it. People who do debate seemingly prefer the freestyle nature of the existing debate section.
      That's fair enough. I'm somewhat new to the site so I wasn't aware of these failed attempts :P Perhaps my suggestion of participation being non-compulsory, and (most likely) individuals throwing in their ideas without any 'team coordination' would fair better(?)
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        (Original post by LennyBicknel)
        That's fair enough. I'm somewhat new to the site so I wasn't aware of these failed attempts :P Perhaps my suggestion of participation being non-compulsory, and (most likely) individuals throwing in their ideas without any 'team coordination' would fair better(?)
        That's alright.

        I think that would be better, yes. But I don't see how that differs from what we already have, except for the topic being introduced by a neutral moderator rather than individual members (which I think is a good idea as it could introduce some much-needed variety). Also, if I recall correctly, the Community and Support Teams have for some time been making threads just to start a conversation, Queen Cersei's thread entitled '61% of TSRians want to stay in the EU - have your say!' being one example.

        So I think we're mostly there anyway, but if you want the mods to consider it, it's best to make a thread in the feedback and suggestions forum.
       
       
       
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