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uppitynumber
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1/22/2011 1:29:07 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Hi :)
I'm new to this site (and also debate itself)
I was wondering...
Where can I learn debate basics? (Actually, pay this no mind. There's Google)
What's the general etiquette with regards to debating/posting?
What are people like in a nutshell? (I've noticed lots of atheists :P)
Who to look out for? (As in who not to cross)
...
what else do I need to know?
Ore_Ele
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1/22/2011 1:41:11 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 1/22/2011 1:29:07 PM, uppitynumber wrote:
Hi :)
I'm new to this site (and also debate itself)
I was wondering...
Where can I learn debate basics? (Actually, pay this no mind. There's Google)

Reading several debates would probably help in this the most.

What's the general etiquette with regards to debating/posting?

As with this. For forum etiquette, read the ToS and just jump in.

What are people like in a nutshell? (I've noticed lots of atheists :P)

Everyone is different, we actually have a lot of people that only do debates and hardly touch the forums, and vise versa.

Who to look out for? (As in who not to cross)

Everyone will tell you something different. So long as you have think skin, but not a think head, you should be fine.
"Wanting Red Rhino Pill to have gender"
m93samman
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1/22/2011 1:41:16 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 1/22/2011 1:31:33 PM, innomen wrote:
Probably not the most prudent post.
: At 4/15/2011 5:29:37 PM, CosmicAlfonzo wrote:
: Pascal's wager is for poosies.
:
: I mean that sincerly, because it's basically an argument from poooosie.
:
: I'm pretty sure that's like a fallacy.. Argument ad Pussium or something like that.
Cody_Franklin
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1/22/2011 1:41:26 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 1/22/2011 1:29:07 PM, uppitynumber wrote:
Hi :)
I'm new to this site (and also debate itself)
I was wondering...
Where can I learn debate basics? (Actually, pay this no mind. There's Google)

1. Watch the style of debate in the forums, which is here a majority of debate takes place.

2. Check the leaderboard, and read the debates of the members on the first page. Learn what works and what doesn't.

What's the general etiquette with regards to debating/posting?

Be rational, be cordial, don't be pretentious.

What are people like in a nutshell? (I've noticed lots of atheists :P)

We know each other well, so we're a little more informal and casual, though we can often say things that sting. There are a lot of libertarians and atheists here, as well, so beware.

Who to look out for? (As in who not to cross)

In terms of what? Debate ability, douchebag-ness?

what else do I need to know?

Don't get offended, don't run away.
askbob
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1/22/2011 1:43:10 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Just lurk some. Read some debates, read some forum posts, then go ahead and jump in. I have a beginner mafia game going if you would like to participate.

Also we're not a happy go lucky community that enjoys "OH HAI I'M NEW HERE" posts.

Just start posting and we'll get to know you that way.
Me -Phil left the site in my charge. I have a recorded phone conversation to prove it.
kohai -If you're the owner, then do something useful like ip block him and get us away from juggle and on a dofferent host!
Me -haha you apparently don't know my history
Kohai - Maybe not, but that doesn't matter! You shoukd still listen to your community and quit being a tyrrant!
Me - i was being completely sarcastic
Kohai - then u misrepresented yourself by impersonating the owner—a violation of the tos
Ore_Ele
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1/22/2011 1:43:24 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 1/22/2011 1:41:11 PM, OreEle wrote:
At 1/22/2011 1:29:07 PM, uppitynumber wrote:
Hi :)
I'm new to this site (and also debate itself)
I was wondering...
Where can I learn debate basics? (Actually, pay this no mind. There's Google)

Reading several debates would probably help in this the most.

What's the general etiquette with regards to debating/posting?

As with this. For forum etiquette, read the ToS and just jump in.

What are people like in a nutshell? (I've noticed lots of atheists :P)

Everyone is different, we actually have a lot of people that only do debates and hardly touch the forums, and vise versa.

Who to look out for? (As in who not to cross)

Everyone will tell you something different. So long as you have thick skin, but not a thick head, you should be fine.

corrected.
"Wanting Red Rhino Pill to have gender"
Ore_Ele
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1/22/2011 1:44:24 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 1/22/2011 1:43:10 PM, askbob wrote:
Just lurk some. Read some debates, read some forum posts, then go ahead and jump in. I have a beginner mafia game going if you would like to participate.

Also we're not a happy go lucky community that enjoys "OH HAI I'M NEW HERE" posts.

Just start posting and we'll get to know you that way.

Unless you are a girl. Then members that haven't been on for 3 months suddenly come out of the woodwork to meet and greet.
"Wanting Red Rhino Pill to have gender"
Grape
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1/22/2011 1:51:51 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 1/22/2011 1:29:07 PM, uppitynumber wrote:
Hi :)
I'm new to this site (and also debate itself)
I was wondering...
Where can I learn debate basics? (Actually, pay this no mind. There's Google)

I would also suggest simply reading some of the better debates. I suggest checking out some debates by RoyLatham, TheSkeptic, J.Kenyon, and Freeman.

What's the general etiquette with regards to debating/posting?

Don't be stupid. Not being a jack@ss is optional.

What are people like in a nutshell? (I've noticed lots of atheists :P)

There is no good answer to that question. People are smart and argumentative. If you say something stupid you'll be eaten alive immediately. A lot of people are atheists and there has been a strong libertarian movement lately, but this is not indicative of everyone's attitudes.

Who to look out for? (As in who not to cross)

Most people.

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what else do I need to know?

Not much. Generally, you will be judged here according to your contributions to the intellectual community of the site. Not starting pointless drama that no one cares about is also a plus.
nonentity
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1/22/2011 1:55:30 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 1/22/2011 1:44:24 PM, OreEle wrote:
At 1/22/2011 1:43:10 PM, askbob wrote:
Just lurk some. Read some debates, read some forum posts, then go ahead and jump in. I have a beginner mafia game going if you would like to participate.

Also we're not a happy go lucky community that enjoys "OH HAI I'M NEW HERE" posts.

Just start posting and we'll get to know you that way.

Unless you are a girl. Then members that haven't been on for 3 months suddenly come out of the woodwork to meet and greet.

That's so creepy lmao

Anyways, to the OP, welcome!
Cody_Franklin
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1/22/2011 2:04:11 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 1/22/2011 1:55:30 PM, nonentity wrote:
At 1/22/2011 1:44:24 PM, OreEle wrote:
At 1/22/2011 1:43:10 PM, askbob wrote:
Just lurk some. Read some debates, read some forum posts, then go ahead and jump in. I have a beginner mafia game going if you would like to participate.

Also we're not a happy go lucky community that enjoys "OH HAI I'M NEW HERE" posts.

Just start posting and we'll get to know you that way.

Unless you are a girl. Then members that haven't been on for 3 months suddenly come out of the woodwork to meet and greet.

That's so creepy lmao

Anyways, to the OP, welcome!

YOU'RE A GIRL!

GET HER, GUYS!
annhasle
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1/22/2011 2:13:07 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Welcome to the site! :D

There are a few thing to remember to ensure a good time on the site:

- Post what you can support. Anything and everything is open to discussion so if you're not comfortable or able to debate it, keep it to yourself. Lol.

- The regulars on this site are always open to answering questions -- it doesn't matter how big or small they are. (Feel free to PM if you have any questions/concerns :D)

- Don't take yourself too seriously. People on this site love to joke around with each other. Be open to criticism though since that is inevitable.

- Have fun! We're an egotistical bunch but we're also pretty laid back. Debate what you think it interesting.

Also, read other debates and threads before posting your own so you learn the etiquette. It's not that hard but it's easier to mimic other people's styles when you're new then creating your own.

Hope you have a fun time here!
I'm not back. This idiot just upset me which made me stop lurking.
popculturepooka
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1/22/2011 2:34:01 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 1/22/2011 1:29:07 PM, uppitynumber wrote:

what else do I need to know?

There's an obligatory hazing.
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Ore_Ele
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1/22/2011 2:39:21 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 1/22/2011 2:34:01 PM, popculturepooka wrote:
At 1/22/2011 1:29:07 PM, uppitynumber wrote:

what else do I need to know?

There's an obligatory hazing.

remember, that is only for girls.
"Wanting Red Rhino Pill to have gender"
Ore_Ele
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1/22/2011 2:39:45 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 1/22/2011 1:29:07 PM, uppitynumber wrote:
Hi :)
I'm new to this site (and also debate itself)
I was wondering...
Where can I learn debate basics? (Actually, pay this no mind. There's Google)
What's the general etiquette with regards to debating/posting?
What are people like in a nutshell? (I've noticed lots of atheists :P)
Who to look out for? (As in who not to cross)
...
what else do I need to know?

I think we scared him away.
"Wanting Red Rhino Pill to have gender"