The Instigator
dhumphreys17
Pro (for)
Losing
0 Points
The Contender
Petfish
Con (against)
Winning
21 Points

A debate with three or more participants cannot truly be considered a "debate".

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Petfish
Voting Style: Open Point System: Select Winner
Started: 2/22/2016 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 12 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 471 times Debate No: 87026
Debate Rounds (5)
Comments (5)
Votes (3)

 

dhumphreys17

Pro

This debate will take place over the course of five rounds. The first round, for me, anyway, will be entirely introductory. Whoever chooses to challenge me, however, has the option to either BEGIN or DEFER. If my opponent BEGINs, he/she will make their opening argument, define terms, and so on FIRST. In exchange, that opponent must pass in the final round, giving me the final word. If my opponent DEFERs, he/she will make his/her opening statement SECOND and have the final word. With that in mind, I now give the challenger the option to BEGIN or DEFER. (Note: I will be arguing "pro" for this debate; my challenger shall argue "con".)

A couple of other miscellaneous ground rules: each side gets 48 hours to formulate their argument during each round, each side gets 10,000 characters per round, the voting period is three days, and it is open voting under a 1-point system, where the person must solely pick the winner of the debate without comment. Additionally, the debate shall consist of four rounds as follows:

Pro 1. Introduction
Con 1. Introduction OR Opening Argument/Definition of Terms
Pro 2. Opening Argument/Definition of Terms
Con 2. Opening Argument/Definition of Terms OR Argument Clarification/Elaboration
Pro 3. Argument Clarification/Elaboration
Con 3. Argument Clarification/Elaboration OR Rebuttal
Pro 4. Rebuttal
Con 4. Rebuttal OR Closing Statements
Pro 5. Closing Statements
Con 5. Closing Statements OR Pass

If my opponent chooses to start in Round 1, he or she will follow the round titles on the RIGHT. If he or she defers to Round 2, he or she will follow the round titles on the LEFT.

Let the debate begin!
Petfish

Con

I defer and await my opponent's opening arguments.
Debate Round No. 1
dhumphreys17

Pro

dhumphreys17 forfeited this round.
Petfish

Con

"If my opponent DEFERs, he/she will make his/her opening statement SECOND and have the final word."

To abide by the structure of this debate, I will deliver my opening arguments after my opponent. I await my opponent's opening arguments.

Here are the definitions of the terms that I will use for this debate.

Debate - a formal discussion on a particular topic in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward.[1]

Truly - in a truthful way.[2]

Consider - think carefully about (something), typically before making a decision.[3]

Participant - a person who takes part in something.[4]

Sources:
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[4] https://www.google.com...
Debate Round No. 2
dhumphreys17

Pro

dhumphreys17 forfeited this round.
Petfish

Con

I await my opponent's opening arguments.
Debate Round No. 3
dhumphreys17

Pro

dhumphreys17 forfeited this round.
Petfish

Con

I await my opponent's opening arguments.
Debate Round No. 4
dhumphreys17

Pro

dhumphreys17 forfeited this round.
Petfish

Con

No arguments were presented to support the resolution. Please vote!
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by dhumphreys17 1 year ago
dhumphreys17
That is kind of correct; I will argue that debate trichotomies and up do not work, spiral downward into lower-level discussion, and stop being a debate.
Posted by MagicAintReal 1 year ago
MagicAintReal
@dhunphreys
So you're arguing that there are no debate trichotomies?
Posted by Falcon4242 1 year ago
Falcon4242
I actually like the setup of this debate system (referring to the Begin/Defer system). It actually makes it a little more balanced in regards to final statements.
Posted by dhumphreys17 1 year ago
dhumphreys17
I will define terms in my opening statement, but just as a preview: teams are counted as "persons" for the purposes of this debate. I'm talking about three or more adversarial parties.
Posted by MagicAintReal 1 year ago
MagicAintReal
You don't believe in team debates?
3 votes have been placed for this debate. Showing 1 through 3 records.
Vote Placed by U.n 12 months ago
U.n
dhumphreys17Petfish
Who won the debate:-Vote Checkmark
Reasons for voting decision: Pro set lengthy ground rules in Round1 but never began an argument. Pro then abandoned the debate forfeiting the remaining four rounds. As Con stated, per the rules Con was not allowed to make an argument until Pro returned. Con did what they could given the situation and I believe they deserve credit for being the only one to attempt to continue this debacle.
Vote Placed by fire_wings 12 months ago
fire_wings
dhumphreys17Petfish
Who won the debate:-Vote Checkmark
Reasons for voting decision: ff
Vote Placed by JustAnotherFloridaGuy 12 months ago
JustAnotherFloridaGuy
dhumphreys17Petfish
Who won the debate:-Vote Checkmark
Reasons for voting decision: Forfeiture.