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bsh1
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3/15/2016 7:55:32 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
Aloha, DDO!

Update

- General Coaching Program. Starting on the 15th, we will be launching a program to assist "non-new" debaters improve their debating skills. This will reduce the potential pool of applicants to the New User Mentorship Program, which will allow NUMP to focus more intensively on those noobs. Non-new debaters are debaters who have been on the site for 3 or more months and who have 50 or more debates. The GCP will be run by The-Voice-of-Truth, and will work like this: users submit one of their past or recent debates for review, and they will have their debate constructively critiqued by an experienced user so that they can see where they can improve. The GCP is limited to 10 applicants per month.
- Monthly Recognition. I will be putting together a "Debate of the Month" award effort, and am considering doing something similar for voting, if that would be of interest for anyone.
- The Advisory Panel. I just wanted to add that Voice was added to the panel.
- Survey and AMA. The mid-term survey has been conducted, receiving 52 responses (more than any other prior survey) [http://www.debate.org...]. The survey indicates a sizable amount of support for both the administration and moderation, but also identifies areas that could use improvement, like conduct and debating. The debating-related initiatives outlined above, plus the launch of the DCL, should help to address some of these concerns. I also have an official AMA that is open to all users who have questions about the elected administration [http://www.debate.org...].

Mid-Term Review

I wanted to review all of the accomplishments that have been achieved by our administration since our being returned to office in December.

1. OP of the Month. We launched the "OP of the Month" program to reward great posts and posters, to incentivize quality forum activity, and to direct attention to quality threads. It is our hope that this recognition will become an established tradition on the site, so that it can serve those purposes to the fullest.
2. The Bi-Weekly Topics Reform. We changed the model for the program to make it more efficient and to ensure that good content got spotlighted.
3. The Tournament System. We reformed the tournament system to make it more liberal than it was, while still accounting for the dangers of tournament burnout and tournament fatigue. I also managed to get the sign-up sheet for the tournaments stickied on the main page by advocating for a combining of the enhancement and bugs threads. Furthermore, the tournament system as met with general approval in all surveys that I have conducted.
4. Revivals. We launched a mini forum revival of underutilized forums and initiated an effort to update the DDO Wiki as a site service.
5. Community Activities. Per our campaign promise, we've been making an effort to engage in more community activities on the site, DDO Jeopardy! being a case-in-point. We will try to host another round of Jeopardy!, and perhaps ratchet up our efforts to get other activities going.
6. The Official Advisory Panel. We assembled a team of highly qualified DDOers to serve in our administration to help more efficient administer the various programs the administration offered, and to advise the administration more generally.
7. Voting Reform. We successfully implemented a set of opt-in voting standards that increase the threshold for quality votes. Since this standard is optional, it only impacts debates in which both debaters agree to use it. So, it expands the range of options available to DDOers, and it ensures very good votes on the debates in which its used.

Community Activities

- Debate Champions League Sign-Ups: http://www.debate.org...
- Tournament Sign-Ups: http://www.debate.org...
- Mafia Sign-Ups: http://www.debate.org...

Highlighted Debates

Challenge Period

Kasmic: Smoking Ban
[http://www.debate.org...]

Lannan: The Purge alternate universe would be unlikely to occur
[http://www.debate.org...]

Tej: Gay marriage should be illegal
[http://www.debate.org...]

Debating Period

Kasmic vs. Fkk: Compatibilism
[http://www.debate.org...]

Illegal vs. Senge: Restricted abortion should be legal
[http://www.debate.org...]

Chaos vs. Famous: All Religious Bloodshed is Righteous if God Exists
[http://www.debate.org...]

Voting Period

Bsh vs. Airmax: U.S. Free Speech vs. EU Free Speech
[http://www.debate.org...]

Nuka vs. Strat: Operation Northwoods Proves That The US May Be Capable Of Endorsing Or Committing Terrorism
[http://www.debate.org...]

Fire vs. Tej: Animal Rights
[http://www.debate.org...]

One2 vs. DK: Did Jesus found the Catholic Church
[http://www.debate.org...]

Highlighted Forums

Hayd: The Importance of Beauty
[http://www.debate.org...]

YYW: Would you make hate speech illegal?
[http://www.debate.org...]

Oreg: Is Evil Graded on a Curve?
[http://www.debate.org...]

Highlighted Polls

Sara: Should solitary confinement be abolished?
[http://www.debate.org...]

ABG: Would Bernie Sanders beat Donald Trump in a general election?
[http://www.debate.org...]

Reece: New Zealand's flag referendum final
[http://www.debate.org...]

Previous Updates since the Election

http://www.debate.org...
http://www.debate.org...
http://www.debate.org...
http://www.debate.org...
http://www.debate.org...
http://www.debate.org...

Also, I made this partial update recently: http://www.debate.org...
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3/15/2016 8:03:04 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
The link to the gay marriage debate is wrong.

Here is the correct link: http://www.debate.org...
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3/15/2016 8:06:02 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/15/2016 8:03:04 AM, tejretics wrote:
The link to the gay marriage debate is wrong.

Here is the correct link: http://www.debate.org...

Sorry... *looks sheepish*
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3/15/2016 8:15:45 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/15/2016 8:06:02 AM, bsh1 wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:03:04 AM, tejretics wrote:
The link to the gay marriage debate is wrong.

Here is the correct link: http://www.debate.org...

Sorry... *looks sheepish*

Just so neither of you think you are going crazy later if you try to check the link again, I edited in the proper link.
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3/15/2016 9:45:34 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/15/2016 8:15:45 AM, airmax1227 wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:06:02 AM, bsh1 wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:03:04 AM, tejretics wrote:
The link to the gay marriage debate is wrong.

Here is the correct link: http://www.debate.org...

Sorry... *looks sheepish*

Just so neither of you think you are going crazy later if you try to check the link again, I edited in the proper link.

Thank you =)
"Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe." - Frederick Douglass
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3/15/2016 7:46:23 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/15/2016 8:15:45 AM, airmax1227 wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:06:02 AM, bsh1 wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:03:04 AM, tejretics wrote:
The link to the gay marriage debate is wrong.

Here is the correct link: http://www.debate.org...

Sorry... *looks sheepish*

Just so neither of you think you are going crazy later if you try to check the link again, I edited in the proper link.

Thanks :)
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3/16/2016 1:30:41 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/15/2016 7:55:32 AM, bsh1 wrote:
Aloha, DDO!

Update

- Monthly Recognition. I will be putting together a "Debate of the Month" award effort, and am considering doing something similar for voting, if that would be of interest for anyone.

The real question is, why don't we have a debate of the month award already ? In it's own sections with other debates of the month.

I blame Obama.
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3/16/2016 3:55:50 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/16/2016 1:30:41 AM, illegalcombat wrote:
At 3/15/2016 7:55:32 AM, bsh1 wrote:
- Monthly Recognition. I will be putting together a "Debate of the Month" award effort, and am considering doing something similar for voting, if that would be of interest for anyone.

The real question is, why don't we have a debate of the month award already ? In it's own sections with other debates of the month.

I don't believe monthly awards were ever reliably done in the past before, so I am happy to be starting them up.
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3/16/2016 3:56:30 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/16/2016 3:55:50 AM, bsh1 wrote:
At 3/16/2016 1:30:41 AM, illegalcombat wrote:
At 3/15/2016 7:55:32 AM, bsh1 wrote:
- Monthly Recognition. I will be putting together a "Debate of the Month" award effort, and am considering doing something similar for voting, if that would be of interest for anyone.

The real question is, why don't we have a debate of the month award already ? In it's own sections with other debates of the month.

I don't believe monthly awards were ever reliably done in the past before, so I am happy to be starting them up.

I could be wrong about that though.
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3/18/2016 1:53:47 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
Bump
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3/18/2016 10:45:14 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
Final Bump
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3/23/2016 3:53:28 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/15/2016 8:15:45 AM, airmax1227 wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:06:02 AM, bsh1 wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:03:04 AM, tejretics wrote:
The link to the gay marriage debate is wrong.

Here is the correct link: http://www.debate.org...

Sorry... *looks sheepish*

Just so neither of you think you are going crazy later if you try to check the link again, I edited in the proper link.

How does one acquire your powers?
"This is the true horror of religion. It allows perfectly decent and sane people to believe by the billions, what only lunatics could believe on their own." Sam Harris
Life asked Death "Why do people love me but hate you?"
Death responded: "Because you are a beautiful lie, and I am the painful truth."
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3/23/2016 3:55:23 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/23/2016 3:53:28 AM, SamStevens wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:15:45 AM, airmax1227 wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:06:02 AM, bsh1 wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:03:04 AM, tejretics wrote:
The link to the gay marriage debate is wrong.

Here is the correct link: http://www.debate.org...

Sorry... *looks sheepish*

Just so neither of you think you are going crazy later if you try to check the link again, I edited in the proper link.

How does one acquire your powers?

You have to be a Jewish Axolotl first. Then, you must worship at the shrine of Juggle. They, in their might, will select a chosen one, and their magic shall descend on them, transforming the chosen one into a mod in an elaborate ceremony of light.
Live Long and Prosper

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3/23/2016 3:56:58 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/23/2016 3:55:23 AM, bsh1 wrote:
At 3/23/2016 3:53:28 AM, SamStevens wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:15:45 AM, airmax1227 wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:06:02 AM, bsh1 wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:03:04 AM, tejretics wrote:
The link to the gay marriage debate is wrong.

Here is the correct link: http://www.debate.org...

Sorry... *looks sheepish*

Just so neither of you think you are going crazy later if you try to check the link again, I edited in the proper link.

How does one acquire your powers?

You have to be a Jewish Axolotl first. Then, you must worship at the shrine of Juggle. They, in their might, will select a chosen one, and their magic shall descend on them, transforming the chosen one into a mod in an elaborate ceremony of light.

May they be used for malicious purposes?
"This is the true horror of religion. It allows perfectly decent and sane people to believe by the billions, what only lunatics could believe on their own." Sam Harris
Life asked Death "Why do people love me but hate you?"
Death responded: "Because you are a beautiful lie, and I am the painful truth."
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3/23/2016 3:58:02 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/23/2016 3:56:58 AM, SamStevens wrote:
At 3/23/2016 3:55:23 AM, bsh1 wrote:
At 3/23/2016 3:53:28 AM, SamStevens wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:15:45 AM, airmax1227 wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:06:02 AM, bsh1 wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:03:04 AM, tejretics wrote:
The link to the gay marriage debate is wrong.

Here is the correct link: http://www.debate.org...

Sorry... *looks sheepish*

Just so neither of you think you are going crazy later if you try to check the link again, I edited in the proper link.

How does one acquire your powers?

You have to be a Jewish Axolotl first. Then, you must worship at the shrine of Juggle. They, in their might, will select a chosen one, and their magic shall descend on them, transforming the chosen one into a mod in an elaborate ceremony of light.

May they be used for malicious purposes?

Juggle does not choose and evil one to bear it's mantle of moderation magic.
Live Long and Prosper

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3/23/2016 4:00:16 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/23/2016 3:58:02 AM, bsh1 wrote:
At 3/23/2016 3:56:58 AM, SamStevens wrote:
At 3/23/2016 3:55:23 AM, bsh1 wrote:
At 3/23/2016 3:53:28 AM, SamStevens wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:15:45 AM, airmax1227 wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:06:02 AM, bsh1 wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:03:04 AM, tejretics wrote:
The link to the gay marriage debate is wrong.

Here is the correct link: http://www.debate.org...

Sorry... *looks sheepish*

Just so neither of you think you are going crazy later if you try to check the link again, I edited in the proper link.

How does one acquire your powers?

You have to be a Jewish Axolotl first. Then, you must worship at the shrine of Juggle. They, in their might, will select a chosen one, and their magic shall descend on them, transforming the chosen one into a mod in an elaborate ceremony of light.

May they be used for malicious purposes?

Juggle does not choose an evil one to bear it's mantle of moderation magic.

That's no fun :(
"This is the true horror of religion. It allows perfectly decent and sane people to believe by the billions, what only lunatics could believe on their own." Sam Harris
Life asked Death "Why do people love me but hate you?"
Death responded: "Because you are a beautiful lie, and I am the painful truth."
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3/23/2016 4:01:10 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/23/2016 4:00:16 AM, SamStevens wrote:
At 3/23/2016 3:58:02 AM, bsh1 wrote:
At 3/23/2016 3:56:58 AM, SamStevens wrote:
At 3/23/2016 3:55:23 AM, bsh1 wrote:
At 3/23/2016 3:53:28 AM, SamStevens wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:15:45 AM, airmax1227 wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:06:02 AM, bsh1 wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:03:04 AM, tejretics wrote:
The link to the gay marriage debate is wrong.

Here is the correct link: http://www.debate.org...

Sorry... *looks sheepish*

Just so neither of you think you are going crazy later if you try to check the link again, I edited in the proper link.

How does one acquire your powers?

You have to be a Jewish Axolotl first. Then, you must worship at the shrine of Juggle. They, in their might, will select a chosen one, and their magic shall descend on them, transforming the chosen one into a mod in an elaborate ceremony of light.

May they be used for malicious purposes?

Juggle does not choose an evil one to bear it's mantle of moderation magic.

That's no fun :(

True, but it doesn't mean it's not fun to watch the chosen one deal with the drama.
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3/23/2016 4:10:47 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/23/2016 3:53:28 AM, SamStevens wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:15:45 AM, airmax1227 wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:06:02 AM, bsh1 wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:03:04 AM, tejretics wrote:
The link to the gay marriage debate is wrong.

Here is the correct link: http://www.debate.org...

Sorry... *looks sheepish*

Just so neither of you think you are going crazy later if you try to check the link again, I edited in the proper link.

How does one acquire your powers?

It's just one of those mysteries of the universe... even I'm not sure what the answer is
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3/23/2016 4:15:36 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/23/2016 4:10:47 AM, airmax1227 wrote:
At 3/23/2016 3:53:28 AM, SamStevens wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:15:45 AM, airmax1227 wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:06:02 AM, bsh1 wrote:
At 3/15/2016 8:03:04 AM, tejretics wrote:
The link to the gay marriage debate is wrong.

Here is the correct link: http://www.debate.org...

Sorry... *looks sheepish*

Just so neither of you think you are going crazy later if you try to check the link again, I edited in the proper link.

How does one acquire your powers?

It's just one of those mysteries of the universe... even I'm not sure what the answer is

It seems a little overwhelming, having mysterious powers and all.... why don't ya fork some my way?
"This is the true horror of religion. It allows perfectly decent and sane people to believe by the billions, what only lunatics could believe on their own." Sam Harris
Life asked Death "Why do people love me but hate you?"
Death responded: "Because you are a beautiful lie, and I am the painful truth."
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3/23/2016 11:38:18 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
I'm all in favor of debate of the month
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3/24/2016 12:34:21 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/23/2016 11:38:18 PM, NothingSpecial99 wrote:
I'm all in favor of debate of the month

Cool beans :)
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3/24/2016 5:25:50 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/16/2016 1:30:41 AM, illegalcombat wrote:
At 3/15/2016 7:55:32 AM, bsh1 wrote:
Aloha, DDO!

Update

- Monthly Recognition. I will be putting together a "Debate of the Month" award effort, and am considering doing something similar for voting, if that would be of interest for anyone.

The real question is, why don't we have a debate of the month award already ? In it's own sections with other debates of the month.

Agreed

I blame Obama.

Also agreed.
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