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PalinFan
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7/26/2010 4:38:36 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
So we have all seen debates like these: http://www.debate.org...
http://www.debate.org...

There are few words used, and only a few arguments presented at a time. Debates like these are often between new users.

However we have also seen debates like this: http://www.debate.org...

They are long and multiple arguments are presented at one time.

I am challenging the top debaters on this website to engage in debates that are limited to only 750 characters.
Super Man does not come close to the power of Jesus Christ - GodSands
feverish
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7/26/2010 4:47:33 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Not trying to include myself among "the top debaters" here but I do tend to make quite lengthy arguments and generally use all or nearly all 8000 characters per round.

I did take on a debate not long back, without noticing when I accepted it that it had a ridiculously small character limit (might have been as low as 500, not sure). I still whupped him but it was a pretty easy argument to win. http://www.debate.org...
Volkov
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7/26/2010 4:55:41 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
This is 750 characters. This is simply not enough to make a structured argument over such complex topics like whether Hitler was an atheist, or whether determinism accurately explains reality, or whether or not the Arizona immigration scheme is constitutionally viable.

We make long arguments because arguments are long. That's just a simple reality we face here. We need this space to create the masterful and whimsical arguments that challenge others to think. With such limited characters, you quash our ability to relate all our key points the best way we can. It's a silly proposition and deserves to go back into the dustbin it came from. How could you expect the top, most skilled debaters, to even consider it?

This has been 750 characters.
PalinFan
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7/26/2010 5:05:49 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
So no one is willing to try and make a logical using 750 characters?

What if the debates were topics that didn't require as much reasoning such as: The war in Afghanistan should end, or marijuana should be legal?
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Volkov
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7/26/2010 5:07:08 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/26/2010 5:05:49 PM, PalinFan wrote:
So no one is willing to try and make a logical using 750 characters?

What if the debates were topics that didn't require as much reasoning such as: The war in Afghanistan should end, or marijuana should be legal?

Again - people need to justify their arguments. It's too small.