DDO should keep a voting system with multiple categories

RoyLatham

Currently, debate.org uses a seven point voting system for judging debates, with points awarded in categories according to:Who had better conduct (1 point)Had better spelling and grammar (1 point)Made more convincing arguments (3 points)Used the most reliable...

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The United States should have a death penalty.

RoyLatham
Mikal

The death penalty, i.e. capital punishment, is "execution of an offender sentenced to death after conviction by a court of law of a criminal offense." [1. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capital%20punishment] Currently 32 states and the Federal government have a death penalty. [2. http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/states-and-without-death-penalty]. Background inf...

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Drawing Debate

Mikal

This is a Drawing Debate. My fiance and I have been trying to find a way to spend time together on the site. She loves to draw and is pretty freaking good at it, so I came up with the idea of a drawing debate. She shall participate in this herself.Each round a person shall submit a drawing. It has to be sketched with pencil or pen. At the bottom of the Drawing you are to sign your DDO username or at least something noticeable where people will know you ac...

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Should students be required to use technology in school?

andyh20
Mikal

Students who do not use technology such as Computers, Calculators, and Tablets are proven to perform better later on in life. This is my first time so im gonna suck...

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Prostitution should be legalized in the United States

Mikal

For the purpose of this debate the definitions in the resolution will be accepted as follows.Prostitution - the practice or occupation of engaging in sexual activity with someone for payment.Legalized - make (something that was pre...

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The earth is probably less than 10,000 years old.

GarretKadeDupre

In this debate, Pro will argue the evidence that the earth is younger than 10,000 years, and Con will argue the evidence that the earth is older than 10,000 years. The debate is to be determined by the preponderance of evidence. Years are taken as units of time in the conventional sense as presently measured, not in an allegorical or poetic sense.The claim that the earth is less than 10,000 years old is part of Young Earth Creationism (YEC). In this debat...

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Music Battle

larztheloser

This is for the DDO Olympics Talent Event - http://www.debate.org/forums/debate.org/topic/38670/ Actual debate starts in round 2. We'll both be doing music. I'll be doing original pieces, and GCL will also do some poetry, but primarily this challenge is about the music. Have fun listening! Voters should choose whom they believe to be more talented on the basis of the talents we demonstrate in the debate. Remember that only the official voters' votes will be counted for the DDO Olympics though...

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Parents spanking children for disciplinary is considered as child abuse?

kevin990099
Mikal

Parents spanking children for disciplinary should not be considered as child abuse. Without detrimental discipline, children will not realize that there are authorities they must listen to. Children need to be psychologically reminded that they cannot do whatever they please, as there are certain rules that apply to each and every one of us. The rules vary for each person, as it depends on the kind of parent they have. According to Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada, it defends parents wh...

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Contemporary Christian music is UnBiblical

justin.graves
Mikal

Ok, so here's me, a 16-year-old Jesus Freak with a taste for hardcore and metal musically, but a taste for positive and Christian lyrics as well. Solution: Christian metal! I also enjoy softer stuff by Tenth Avenue North, Casting Crowns, etc. Unfortunately, I get judged. A lot. So I'm here to discuss CCM with a Christian who believes it is wrong. This will be a less-than-formal debate. The only allowed outside source is the Bible and personal experience. Again, to accept this debate plea...

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Programming competition

larztheloser

Welcome one and all to the programming competition between myself and ADreamOfLiberty!The rules are simple. ADreamOfLiberty shall make an AI capable of playing chess with the white pieces. I shall make an AI for the black pieces. Voters will play the AIs off against each other and vote for whoever's AI wins in their game. Games are played with 5-min per side time controls in an engine I wrote and ADreamOfLiberty checked, based on chess.js and chessboard.js. Both of us will write...

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