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7/6/2015 9:02:37 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Hello, DDO!

Intro

I promised, in the interests of transparency and communication, to make regular, bi-weekly updates to DDO. Unfortunately, I have been unable to make these updates until now, but I will try to continue, from this point on, to regularly update you about those issues I am working on.

These posts will be formatted to highlight good debates, forums, and polls, as well as to provide actual policy updates. I hope that these can be ways of positively recognizing peoples' contributions to the site, and that they can point people in the direction of good debates or forums to check out.

Updates

- The fan fic awards thread has been added to the entertainment sticky [http://www.debate.org...]
- The "New Member Debate Mentorship Program" is live [http://www.debate.org...] If you're interested in being assigned a mentor and being taught how to debate, then please reach out to Zaradi. This is not a tournament, but it is an alternative program designed to give 1-on-1 tutoring to those who request it.
- As Max and F16 have mentioned in other threads, an opt-in voting guide with higher standards for voting issues is currently being discussed.
- Some other updates are in the works, and hopefully they can be announced soon.
- Kasmic will be taking over as head of the "Topics of the Week," which will now become "Biweekly Topics." If you want to submit a topic, please talk to him. I have complete confidence in his ability to run this efficiently.
- Endark will be taking over my administration's efforts to revitalize fan fictions. More on this to come.

Community Activities

- Mafia Sign-Up: http://www.debate.org...
- Mafia Sign-Up: http://www.debate.org...
- Watch out for another DDO Jeopardy! sign up which should be out in a few days or so.

Highlighted Debates

Challenge Period

Subutai: Plasma Cosmology Is Invalid
[http://www.debate.org...]

JVN: The legalization of cannabis
[http://www.debate.org...]

Bsh: Terrorism vs. Environmental Degradation
[http://www.debate.org...]

Debating Period

Bossy v. Dylan: Christopher Langan is Unnecessarily Verbose
[http://www.debate.org...]

Envisage v. Sharku: Just governments ought to provide legal protections for pedophiles
[http://www.debate.org...]

Nac v. Uther: July Beginner's Tournament: Same Sex Marriage should be recognized.
[http://www.debate.org...]

Voting Period

Ragnar v. Tiny: Plagiarism Should be Penalized on DDO
[http://www.debate.org...]

Dookie v. Keytar: Thomson's Violinist Analogy for Abortion
[http://www.debate.org...]

Salam v. Kasmic: My proposed US political system is better than the status quo
[http://www.debate.org...]

Philo vs. Envisage: No abortion outside of extenuating circumstances should be permitted
[http://www.debate.org...]

Highlighted Forums

Mirza: Kant's Categorical Imperative; Homosexuality
[http://www.debate.org...]

Cotton: Time travel to the past is possible
[http://www.debate.org...]

Bsh: Greek Vote: The Fallout
[http://www.debate.org...]

Drouel: A.I. Is here and is evolving
[http://www.debate.org...]

Highlighted Polls

Birdland: Do you support the punishment of death by lethal injection?
[http://www.debate.org...]

Uther: Would you consider yourself an individualist or a collectivist?
[http://www.debate.org...]

Texas14: Will Donald Trump win any states in the Republican primary?
[http://www.debate.org...]

Independent: Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton?
[http://www.debate.org...]

Trivia

I thought it would be fun to close out these updates with a piece of trivia.

Many people believe that a dinosaur was the largest animal to ever live. Certainly, many dinosaurs fall firmly in the category of mega-fauna; yet, it is not quite likely that one of their number was the largest ever. In fact, an animal currently alive today is the strongest contender for that title: the blue whale. While many land-based dinosaurs grew to massive proportions, the buoyancy of water enabled the blue whale to evolve more weight than any terrestrial animal could support. Check out the sources below for more. So, while we may not live in an era of giants, our time is host to the most gigantic giant of them all.

https://en.wikipedia.org...
http://www.slate.com...
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7/6/2015 9:24:57 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 9:02:37 PM, bsh1 wrote:
Hello, DDO!

Intro

I promised, in the interests of transparency and communication, to make regular, bi-weekly updates to DDO. Unfortunately, I have been unable to make these updates until now, but I will try to continue, from this point on, to regularly update you about those issues I am working on.

These posts will be formatted to highlight good debates, forums, and polls, as well as to provide actual policy updates. I hope that these can be ways of positively recognizing peoples' contributions to the site, and that they can point people in the direction of good debates or forums to check out.

Updates

- The fan fic awards thread has been added to the entertainment sticky [http://www.debate.org...]
- The "New Member Debate Mentorship Program" is live [http://www.debate.org...] If you're interested in being assigned a mentor and being taught how to debate, then please reach out to Zaradi. This is not a tournament, but it is an alternative program designed to give 1-on-1 tutoring to those who request it.
- As Max and F16 have mentioned in other threads, an opt-in voting guide with higher standards for voting issues is currently being discussed.
- Some other updates are in the works, and hopefully they can be announced soon.
- Kasmic will be taking over as head of the "Topics of the Week," which will now become "Biweekly Topics." If you want to submit a topic, please talk to him. I have complete confidence in his ability to run this efficiently.
- Endark will be taking over my administration's efforts to revitalize fan fictions. More on this to come.

Community Activities

- Mafia Sign-Up: http://www.debate.org...
- Mafia Sign-Up: http://www.debate.org...
- Watch out for another DDO Jeopardy! sign up which should be out in a few days or so.

Highlighted Debates

Challenge Period

Subutai: Plasma Cosmology Is Invalid
[http://www.debate.org...]

JVN: The legalization of cannabis
[http://www.debate.org...]

Bsh: Terrorism vs. Environmental Degradation
[http://www.debate.org...]

Debating Period

Bossy v. Dylan: Christopher Langan is Unnecessarily Verbose
[http://www.debate.org...]

Envisage v. Sharku: Just governments ought to provide legal protections for pedophiles
[http://www.debate.org...]

Nac v. Uther: July Beginner's Tournament: Same Sex Marriage should be recognized.
[http://www.debate.org...]

Voting Period

Ragnar v. Tiny: Plagiarism Should be Penalized on DDO
[http://www.debate.org...]

Dookie v. Keytar: Thomson's Violinist Analogy for Abortion
[http://www.debate.org...]

Salam v. Kasmic: My proposed US political system is better than the status quo
[http://www.debate.org...]

Philo vs. Envisage: No abortion outside of extenuating circumstances should be permitted
[http://www.debate.org...]

Highlighted Forums

Mirza: Kant's Categorical Imperative; Homosexuality
[http://www.debate.org...]

Cotton: Time travel to the past is possible
[http://www.debate.org...]

Bsh: Greek Vote: The Fallout
[http://www.debate.org...]

Drouel: A.I. Is here and is evolving
[http://www.debate.org...]

Highlighted Polls

Birdland: Do you support the punishment of death by lethal injection?
[http://www.debate.org...]

Uther: Would you consider yourself an individualist or a collectivist?
[http://www.debate.org...]

Texas14: Will Donald Trump win any states in the Republican primary?
[http://www.debate.org...]

Independent: Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton?
[http://www.debate.org...]

Trivia

I thought it would be fun to close out these updates with a piece of trivia.

Many people believe that a dinosaur was the largest animal to ever live. Certainly, many dinosaurs fall firmly in the category of mega-fauna; yet, it is not quite likely that one of their number was the largest ever. In fact, an animal currently alive today is the strongest contender for that title: the blue whale. While many land-based dinosaurs grew to massive proportions, the buoyancy of water enabled the blue whale to evolve more weight than any terrestrial animal could support. Check out the sources below for more. So, while we may not live in an era of giants, our time is host to the most gigantic giant of them all.

https://en.wikipedia.org...
http://www.slate.com...

I don't like the idea of you as DDO's president... you turn into president business. And you resigned as VP before due to "time constraints".
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7/6/2015 9:27:24 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 9:24:57 PM, TheChristian wrote:

I don't like the idea of you as DDO's president... you turn into president business. And you resigned as VP before due to "time constraints".

I mean, I was never acting president during my time as VP. I am not precisely sure what your objection is to my being president either, but if you have specific concerns that you can enumerate here, maybe I can address them.
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7/6/2015 9:30:29 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 9:24:57 PM, TheChristian wrote:
I don't like the idea of you as DDO's president... you turn into president business. And you resigned as VP before due to "time constraints".

This was inapropriate, and misguided.
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7/6/2015 9:32:50 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 9:30:29 PM, YYW wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:24:57 PM, TheChristian wrote:
I don't like the idea of you as DDO's president... you turn into president business. And you resigned as VP before due to "time constraints".

This was inapropriate, and misguided.

With all due respect, how was that misguided or inappropriate?
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7/6/2015 9:34:17 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 9:24:57 PM, TheChristian wrote:
you turn into president business.
Yes, if he did other kind of business as president, that would be great.
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7/6/2015 9:35:13 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 9:27:24 PM, bsh1 wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:24:57 PM, TheChristian wrote:

I don't like the idea of you as DDO's president... you turn into president business. And you resigned as VP before due to "time constraints".

I mean, I was never acting president during my time as VP. I am not precisely sure what your objection is to my being president either, but if you have specific concerns that you can enumerate here, maybe I can address them.

I do not believe if time constraints keep you from doing a small job, than you should resign only to go to a bigger position. You are like my sister- order a cheeseburger from Wendy's and then not finish it, then proceed to order a Big Mac at McDonalds, and only eat 3 bites.
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7/6/2015 9:35:23 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 9:32:50 PM, TheChristian wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:30:29 PM, YYW wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:24:57 PM, TheChristian wrote:
I don't like the idea of you as DDO's president... you turn into president business. And you resigned as VP before due to "time constraints".

This was inapropriate, and misguided.

With all due respect, how was that misguided or inappropriate?

Kind of rude..
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7/6/2015 9:36:15 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 9:32:50 PM, TheChristian wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:30:29 PM, YYW wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:24:57 PM, TheChristian wrote:
I don't like the idea of you as DDO's president... you turn into president business. And you resigned as VP before due to "time constraints".

This was inapropriate, and misguided.

With all due respect, how was that misguided or inappropriate?

Your criticism is baseless, and it accomplishes nothing.
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7/6/2015 9:36:29 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
I am open to criticism, but I would like to know precisely why I am being criticized so that I can either respond to the criticism or mend whatever I am doing wrong. Neither Mirza or Christian has really made it clear what they object to, and I would implore them to clarify their positions.
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7/6/2015 9:37:12 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 9:36:29 PM, bsh1 wrote:
I am open to criticism, but I would like to know precisely why I am being criticized so that I can either respond to the criticism or mend whatever I am doing wrong. Neither Mirza or Christian has really made it clear what they object to, and I would implore them to clarify their positions.
I was poking fun at his comment...
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7/6/2015 9:38:47 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 9:35:23 PM, Lee001 wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:32:50 PM, TheChristian wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:30:29 PM, YYW wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:24:57 PM, TheChristian wrote:
I don't like the idea of you as DDO's president... you turn into president business. And you resigned as VP before due to "time constraints".

This was inapropriate, and misguided.

With all due respect, how was that misguided or inappropriate?

Kind of rude..

But appropriate considering his previous behavior.
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7/6/2015 9:41:11 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 9:35:13 PM, TheChristian wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:27:24 PM, bsh1 wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:24:57 PM, TheChristian wrote:

I don't like the idea of you as DDO's president... you turn into president business. And you resigned as VP before due to "time constraints".

I mean, I was never acting president during my time as VP. I am not precisely sure what your objection is to my being president either, but if you have specific concerns that you can enumerate here, maybe I can address them.

I do not believe if time constraints keep you from doing a small job, than you should resign only to go to a bigger position. You are like my sister- order a cheeseburger from Wendy's and then not finish it, then proceed to order a Big Mac at McDonalds, and only eat 3 bites.

Your objection is that I didn't run on Bladerunner's ticket when he ran for reelection? If that's the case, there are perhaps three things to point out. Firstly, I did finish my job. I was elected to serve one 6 month term as VP, no more. I fulfilled that obligation, and served every single day of my 6 month time in office. Secondly, you are not really privy to what was going on in my life at that time, which caused me to decline to run for a second term as VP. Thirdly, why does that have any bearing on my service as President? As long as I am fulfilling my duties as President to the best of my ability, why does a rather minor point disqualify me from office?
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7/6/2015 9:41:26 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 9:37:12 PM, Mirza wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:36:29 PM, bsh1 wrote:
I am open to criticism, but I would like to know precisely why I am being criticized so that I can either respond to the criticism or mend whatever I am doing wrong. Neither Mirza or Christian has really made it clear what they object to, and I would implore them to clarify their positions.
I was poking fun at his comment...

Ah, okay.
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7/6/2015 9:48:06 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
@EVERYONE

I would like to refocus this thread back to the actually content of the update. If anyone has any questions about the content posted in the OP, I'd be happy to answer.

Look, Christian, if you felt this strongly about this, the time to voice your objection was during the election. Debating my suitability as President at this time is neither helpful nor appropriate, unless your calling for me to resign. In which case, starting a thread of your own and dedicating it to that topic would be better.
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7/6/2015 9:53:07 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 9:38:47 PM, TheChristian wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:35:23 PM, Lee001 wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:32:50 PM, TheChristian wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:30:29 PM, YYW wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:24:57 PM, TheChristian wrote:
I don't like the idea of you as DDO's president... you turn into president business. And you resigned as VP before due to "time constraints".

This was inapropriate, and misguided.

With all due respect, how was that misguided or inappropriate?

Kind of rude..

But appropriate considering his previous behavior.

Look, Christian, if you felt this strongly about this, the time to voice your objection was during the election. Debating my suitability as President at this time is neither helpful nor appropriate, unless your calling for me to resign. In which case, starting a thread of your own and dedicating it to that topic would be better.
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7/6/2015 9:54:24 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 9:41:11 PM, bsh1 wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:35:13 PM, TheChristian wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:27:24 PM, bsh1 wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:24:57 PM, TheChristian wrote:

I don't like the idea of you as DDO's president... you turn into president business. And you resigned as VP before due to "time constraints".

I mean, I was never acting president during my time as VP. I am not precisely sure what your objection is to my being president either, but if you have specific concerns that you can enumerate here, maybe I can address them.

I do not believe if time constraints keep you from doing a small job, than you should resign only to go to a bigger position. You are like my sister- order a cheeseburger from Wendy's and then not finish it, then proceed to order a Big Mac at McDonalds, and only eat 3 bites.

Your objection is that I didn't run on Bladerunner's ticket when he ran for reelection? If that's the case, there are perhaps three things to point out. Firstly, I did finish my job. I was elected to serve one 6 month term as VP, no more. I fulfilled that obligation, and served every single day of my 6 month time in office. Secondly, you are not really privy to what was going on in my life at that time, which caused me to decline to run for a second term as VP. Thirdly, why does that have any bearing on my service as President? As long as I am fulfilling my duties as President to the best of my ability, why does a rather minor point disqualify me from office?

My point remains- you said "until time constraints forced me to step down" implying that you didn't have time then to finish your term. I have no clue what was going on at your life at that time, but I'd wager that many of your problems stemmed from extenuating circumstances. And trust me, I have probably had more than my fair share of that. I have no bearing, yet if I am the only one who thinks this way, even if it is not my place, I will be very impressed. If I am the only one who received a page of "reasons" to vote for a friend of yours into this position, and when I unvoted, a subsequent page of the nagging question why, that was not your place either. Meaning no disrespect, Mr. President, I believe I have raised a valid point.
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7/6/2015 9:56:52 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 9:53:07 PM, bsh1 wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:38:47 PM, TheChristian wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:35:23 PM, Lee001 wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:32:50 PM, TheChristian wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:30:29 PM, YYW wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:24:57 PM, TheChristian wrote:
I don't like the idea of you as DDO's president... you turn into president business. And you resigned as VP before due to "time constraints".

This was inapropriate, and misguided.

With all due respect, how was that misguided or inappropriate?

Kind of rude..

But appropriate considering his previous behavior.

Look, Christian, if you felt this strongly about this, the time to voice your objection was during the election. Debating my suitability as President at this time is neither helpful nor appropriate, unless your calling for me to resign. In which case, starting a thread of your own and dedicating it to that topic would be better.

I am not calling for a resign. I merely would like to address my personal concern. I personally do not care if my septic tank runs this site, so long as it does.
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7/6/2015 9:58:25 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 9:54:24 PM, TheChristian wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:41:11 PM, bsh1 wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:35:13 PM, TheChristian wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:27:24 PM, bsh1 wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:24:57 PM, TheChristian wrote:

I don't like the idea of you as DDO's president... you turn into president business. And you resigned as VP before due to "time constraints".

I mean, I was never acting president during my time as VP. I am not precisely sure what your objection is to my being president either, but if you have specific concerns that you can enumerate here, maybe I can address them.

I do not believe if time constraints keep you from doing a small job, than you should resign only to go to a bigger position. You are like my sister- order a cheeseburger from Wendy's and then not finish it, then proceed to order a Big Mac at McDonalds, and only eat 3 bites.

Your objection is that I didn't run on Bladerunner's ticket when he ran for reelection? If that's the case, there are perhaps three things to point out. Firstly, I did finish my job. I was elected to serve one 6 month term as VP, no more. I fulfilled that obligation, and served every single day of my 6 month time in office. Secondly, you are not really privy to what was going on in my life at that time, which caused me to decline to run for a second term as VP. Thirdly, why does that have any bearing on my service as President? As long as I am fulfilling my duties as President to the best of my ability, why does a rather minor point disqualify me from office?

My point remains- you said "until time constraints forced me to step down" implying that you didn't have time then to finish your term.

I did complete my term though. I served the entire term I was elected to serve. I simply chose not to run for a second term as VP.

I have no clue what was going on at your life at that time, but I'd wager that many of your problems stemmed from extenuating circumstances.

Does that make problems any less valid?

Meaning no disrespect, Mr. President, I believe I have raised a valid point.

If you think it is so valid, then I would start a thread voicing your grievances and suggesting a solution to them.

To claim there is a problem and not suggest a way to fix it is unhelpful, and is simply pointless griping. You are also derailing this thread, and your post really wasn't relative to the substantive content I posted this thread to review and discuss.
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7/6/2015 10:00:20 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 9:56:52 PM, TheChristian wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:53:07 PM, bsh1 wrote:

Look, Christian, if you felt this strongly about this, the time to voice your objection was during the election. Debating my suitability as President at this time is neither helpful nor appropriate, unless your calling for me to resign. In which case, starting a thread of your own and dedicating it to that topic would be better.

I am not calling for a resign. I merely would like to address my personal concern. I personally do not care if my septic tank runs this site, so long as it does.

Then how do you want your concerns addressed? Up until this point, the entire extent of your commentary has been to say that I am unsuitable for the office of president, but then you say you don't want me to resign. What, then, if anything will actually assuage your concerns?
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7/6/2015 10:06:05 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 10:00:20 PM, bsh1 wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:56:52 PM, TheChristian wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:53:07 PM, bsh1 wrote:

Look, Christian, if you felt this strongly about this, the time to voice your objection was during the election. Debating my suitability as President at this time is neither helpful nor appropriate, unless your calling for me to resign. In which case, starting a thread of your own and dedicating it to that topic would be better.

I am not calling for a resign. I merely would like to address my personal concern. I personally do not care if my septic tank runs this site, so long as it does.

Then how do you want your concerns addressed? Up until this point, the entire extent of your commentary has been to say that I am unsuitable for the office of president, but then you say you don't want me to resign. What, then, if anything will actually assuage your concerns?

I just want then voiced, if they are voiced, then that is fine. My concerns were about your position to run this site. As they were addressed, and cleared up, I have nothing to add except for why this thread was made in the first place. My apologies, Mr. President.
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7/6/2015 10:08:24 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 10:06:05 PM, TheChristian wrote:
At 7/6/2015 10:00:20 PM, bsh1 wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:56:52 PM, TheChristian wrote:
I am not calling for a resign. I merely would like to address my personal concern. I personally do not care if my septic tank runs this site, so long as it does.

Then how do you want your concerns addressed? Up until this point, the entire extent of your commentary has been to say that I am unsuitable for the office of president, but then you say you don't want me to resign. What, then, if anything will actually assuage your concerns?

I just want then voiced, if they are voiced, then that is fine. My concerns were about your position to run this site. As they were addressed, and cleared up, I have nothing to add except for why this thread was made in the first place. My apologies, Mr. President.

Very well.

The purpose of this thread was noted in the introduction, I provide.
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7/6/2015 10:15:44 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 10:08:24 PM, bsh1 wrote:
At 7/6/2015 10:06:05 PM, TheChristian wrote:
At 7/6/2015 10:00:20 PM, bsh1 wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:56:52 PM, TheChristian wrote:
I am not calling for a resign. I merely would like to address my personal concern. I personally do not care if my septic tank runs this site, so long as it does.

Then how do you want your concerns addressed? Up until this point, the entire extent of your commentary has been to say that I am unsuitable for the office of president, but then you say you don't want me to resign. What, then, if anything will actually assuage your concerns?

I just want then voiced, if they are voiced, then that is fine. My concerns were about your position to run this site. As they were addressed, and cleared up, I have nothing to add except for why this thread was made in the first place. My apologies, Mr. President.

Very well.

The purpose of this thread was noted in the introduction, I provide.

Yes, but what is the real use of this? It doesn't do much, just list your replacement of positions and possible future changes.
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7/6/2015 10:45:17 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 9:02:37 PM, bsh1 wrote:
Hello, DDO!

Intro

I promised, in the interests of transparency and communication, to make regular, bi-weekly updates to DDO. Unfortunately, I have been unable to make these updates until now, but I will try to continue, from this point on, to regularly update you about those issues I am working on.

These posts will be formatted to highlight good debates, forums, and polls, as well as to provide actual policy updates. I hope that these can be ways of positively recognizing peoples' contributions to the site, and that they can point people in the direction of good debates or forums to check out.

Updates

- The fan fic awards thread has been added to the entertainment sticky [http://www.debate.org...]
- The "New Member Debate Mentorship Program" is live [http://www.debate.org...] If you're interested in being assigned a mentor and being taught how to debate, then please reach out to Zaradi. This is not a tournament, but it is an alternative program designed to give 1-on-1 tutoring to those who request it.
- As Max and F16 have mentioned in other threads, an opt-in voting guide with higher standards for voting issues is currently being discussed.
- Some other updates are in the works, and hopefully they can be announced soon.
- Kasmic will be taking over as head of the "Topics of the Week," which will now become "Biweekly Topics." If you want to submit a topic, please talk to him. I have complete confidence in his ability to run this efficiently.
- Endark will be taking over my administration's efforts to revitalize fan fictions. More on this to come.

Community Activities

- Mafia Sign-Up: http://www.debate.org...
- Mafia Sign-Up: http://www.debate.org...
- Watch out for another DDO Jeopardy! sign up which should be out in a few days or so.

Highlighted Debates

Challenge Period

Subutai: Plasma Cosmology Is Invalid
[http://www.debate.org...]

JVN: The legalization of cannabis
[http://www.debate.org...]

Bsh: Terrorism vs. Environmental Degradation
[http://www.debate.org...]

Debating Period

Bossy v. Dylan: Christopher Langan is Unnecessarily Verbose
[http://www.debate.org...]

Envisage v. Sharku: Just governments ought to provide legal protections for pedophiles
[http://www.debate.org...]

Nac v. Uther: July Beginner's Tournament: Same Sex Marriage should be recognized.
[http://www.debate.org...]

Voting Period

Ragnar v. Tiny: Plagiarism Should be Penalized on DDO
[http://www.debate.org...]

Dookie v. Keytar: Thomson's Violinist Analogy for Abortion
[http://www.debate.org...]

Salam v. Kasmic: My proposed US political system is better than the status quo
[http://www.debate.org...]

Philo vs. Envisage: No abortion outside of extenuating circumstances should be permitted
[http://www.debate.org...]

Highlighted Forums

Mirza: Kant's Categorical Imperative; Homosexuality
[http://www.debate.org...]

Cotton: Time travel to the past is possible
[http://www.debate.org...]

Bsh: Greek Vote: The Fallout
[http://www.debate.org...]

Drouel: A.I. Is here and is evolving
[http://www.debate.org...]

Highlighted Polls

Birdland: Do you support the punishment of death by lethal injection?
[http://www.debate.org...]

Uther: Would you consider yourself an individualist or a collectivist?
[http://www.debate.org...]

Texas14: Will Donald Trump win any states in the Republican primary?
[http://www.debate.org...]

Independent: Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton?
[http://www.debate.org...]

Trivia

I thought it would be fun to close out these updates with a piece of trivia.

Many people believe that a dinosaur was the largest animal to ever live. Certainly, many dinosaurs fall firmly in the category of mega-fauna; yet, it is not quite likely that one of their number was the largest ever. In fact, an animal currently alive today is the strongest contender for that title: the blue whale. While many land-based dinosaurs grew to massive proportions, the buoyancy of water enabled the blue whale to evolve more weight than any terrestrial animal could support. Check out the sources below for more. So, while we may not live in an era of giants, our time is host to the most gigantic giant of them all.

https://en.wikipedia.org...
http://www.slate.com...

Great job bsh1. I truly believe you have the best intentions for this site, and you're doing a great job at promoting highlights and getting members more involved.
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7/6/2015 10:46:26 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 10:45:17 PM, Lee001 wrote:

Great job bsh1. I truly believe you have the best intentions for this site, and you're doing a great job at promoting highlights and getting members more involved.

Thanks :)
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7/6/2015 10:53:36 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/6/2015 10:15:44 PM, TheChristian wrote:
At 7/6/2015 10:08:24 PM, bsh1 wrote:
At 7/6/2015 10:06:05 PM, TheChristian wrote:
At 7/6/2015 10:00:20 PM, bsh1 wrote:
At 7/6/2015 9:56:52 PM, TheChristian wrote:
I am not calling for a resign. I merely would like to address my personal concern. I personally do not care if my septic tank runs this site, so long as it does.

Then how do you want your concerns addressed? Up until this point, the entire extent of your commentary has been to say that I am unsuitable for the office of president, but then you say you don't want me to resign. What, then, if anything will actually assuage your concerns?

I just want then voiced, if they are voiced, then that is fine. My concerns were about your position to run this site. As they were addressed, and cleared up, I have nothing to add except for why this thread was made in the first place. My apologies, Mr. President.

Very well.

The purpose of this thread was noted in the introduction, I provide.

Yes, but what is the real use of this? It doesn't do much, just list your replacement of positions and possible future changes.

It keeps DDO updated on the actions I am taking as President. Users rightfully should expect to know what their President is doing on their behalf and to be kept informed of the progress of their administration.

Additionally, this is a useful platform for highlight good debates, polls, forums, etc. Many members complain that it's hard to find good debates to read or vote on, forums to post in, and polls to vote on. So, I am trying to make it easier for users to find those things, so that they can best make use of the site.

Finally, I think it helps with transparency to be open like this. And, I promised to do it, so I have.
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7/6/2015 10:54:53 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
I like the idea of highlighting the most important/notable things happening on DDO. It'll hopefully keep people updated and interested. Keep it up :D
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7/6/2015 10:56:07 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Does 'biweekly' mean 'twice a week' or 'fortnightly'?
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