Total Posts:3|Showing Posts:1-3
Jump to topic:

Contenders

000ike
Posts: 11,196
Add as Friend
Challenge to a Debate
Send a Message
3/13/2012 5:31:03 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Would you consider it improper conduct for a contender to frame the debate when the Instigator already did so? I find that the Instigator should have absolute control over the manner in which the debate is run because he is the one executing it and he is the one who knows what kind of debate he wants to have. Contenders cannot demand things like automatic forfeit for 1 forfeited round....or pose new definitions to words the instigator already defined as terms of acceptance.

Contenders are like guests, they shouldn't try to alter the debate structure unless the instigator gave none.

Thoughts?
"A stupid despot may constrain his slaves with iron chains; but a true politician binds them even more strongly with the chain of their own ideas" - Michel Foucault
tvellalott
Posts: 10,864
Add as Friend
Challenge to a Debate
Send a Message
3/13/2012 5:35:56 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
I always try to frame my rules and definitions very carefully simply to avoid semantics and attract the right kind of opponent and so I agree. If however, the Instigator doesn't not explain exactly what they mean, if their resolution is vague, their definitions of key terms aren't concise or whatever, it's open season.
"Caitlyn Jenner is an incredibly brave and stunningly beautiful woman."

Muh threads
Using mafia tactics in real-life: http://www.debate.org...
6 years of DDO: http://www.debate.org...
Mak-zie
Posts: 55
Add as Friend
Challenge to a Debate
Send a Message
3/13/2012 6:57:20 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Whenever the contender does that, I think that they should lose a conduct point. Contenders should just go along with it as best as they can, unless it really isn't specified and they have no idea what it's about. But sematics arguments just get tiring.
"Never underestimate the power human stupidity." Robert A. Heinlein