IMPORTANT - READ BEFORE POSTING A HEAVY DEBATE TOPIC (1 Viewer)


AngelofNoMercy

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It is EXTREMELY important that you research and provide sources if you want to start a heavy debate topic. If you prefer to start a debate without doing much (if any) research, please choose a light debate topic.

An important aspect of debate is to start with facts that both sides can agree on (or dispute with other facts) and debate. For example, both sides can respond to a list of statistics or a news article.

If you wish to use sources that are not in English, please post the original source link and then run the page through a free translate service and post the information you feel supports your argument in English.

Heavy debate topics are usually emotionally charged. Remember at all times to be respectful in your interactions. Do not resort to name-calling or personal attacks. Of special interest is the word "ignorant." A lot of people mistakenly believe the word "ignorant' means "dumb" or "stupid" when really it means "unlearned," "unaware," and "lacking in knowledge." Arguments that are not based on facts are often by definition ignorant. If you wish to point out that an argument is not fact-based feel free to say "That is an ignorant statement" but please try to refrain from saying something like "You are an ignorant person."
 

Corse

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I think it's worth reminding everyone that the debate forum tends to get people emotionally heavily into things period. Remember that it's fine to disagree with people, even if you are passionate, but we are still clan members and still one big family here. The debate section is not for the thin skinned.
 

AngelofNoMercy

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[MENTION=16629]Corse[/MENTION] Agreed. Also, it is much easier to stay level-headed when you are working with facts rather than opinions or at the very least supporting your opinion with facts rather than emotions. I can't emphasize enough that true debate is an intellectual exercise meant to broaden understanding and not a soap box for expressing dislikes or righteousness.
 

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