Could H2H be used for a team debate?

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Are you keen on a team debate (3 on 3)?

Poll ended at Fri Jun 19, 2020 11:40 pm

Yes - as a participant
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No - but would like to see it
Yes - as a judge
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No - I have no interest
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Total votes: 1

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Could H2H be used for a team debate?

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Post by Diagoras »

I’ve noticed that H2H isn’t hugely active at the moment, and also that the C&A debates often end up a bit mis-matched in numbers supporting each opposed position. I like the more formal structure of H2H, but am a bit put off by the thought of being ‘out on my own’ and trying to start a debate there.

I did wonder whether it would be at all practical (and whether there’s any interest) to run a formal debate with equal numbers on both sides, and a set limit of posts for each? Say, three forum members per team, plus a panel of three judges (picked from current or past Moderators) to ‘score’. That might be a way of encouraging more of us to explore and learn, rather than risk being ‘crowded out’. No reason it can’t be kept relatively short (say just 3 or 4 posts each).

There are plenty of good debaters here. On the theist side, FWI, ElijahJohn, The Tanager and bjs came easily to my mind, although I know there’s plenty of others I’d enjoy engaging with.

For ‘judges’, I’d think first of otseng, Zzyzx, and marco - if you’d be willing to take on the task of impartial observers. Being able to credit a strong claim which you don’t agree with, and penalise a weak point that you do agree with - that sort of thing.

Probably the hardest thing to get agreement on: a suitable topic. Possibly something like the ‘Problem of Evil’? It would have to be clearly worded in order to get agreement from all sides.

Am I being overly optimistic that such a thing could ever happen? Does it pique anyone’s interest?

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Post by otseng »

Sure, that'd be fine. Find two teams and an agreed upon topic and I can moderate it.

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