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Old 08-18-2009, 02:50 AM
 
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What would people think about creating a Devils Advocate forum?

Here's how I envision it working:

For any issue the original poster states their position on the issue and then must argue the opposite side of the issue. Those joining the thread must do the same.

I'm thinking this could be a sub-forum of the Politics forum.

It might be an interesting excercise.

Just a suggestion.
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:55 AM
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So to comply with the rules of the forum, each post is supposed to take the opposite side of the one preceding it? What should a moderator do when 2 members post a thoughtful response to the thread on the same side at the same time?
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Old 08-19-2009, 02:31 AM
 
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So to comply with the rules of the forum, each post is supposed to take the opposite side of the one preceding it? What should a moderator do when 2 members post a thoughtful response to the thread on the same side at the same time?
Not exactly.

Essentially the idea is on any issue you would argue the side of the issue that is opposite to your actual beliefs. So if you're a liberal your obligation in a Devil's advocate forum would be to argue the conservative side and vice versa.
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Old 08-19-2009, 06:44 AM
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Essentially the idea is on any issue you would argue the side of the issue that is opposite to your actual beliefs. So if you're a liberal your obligation in a Devil's advocate forum would be to argue the conservative side and vice versa.
I can imagine there would be people who would choose to join the arguments from their preferred side, which would be unfair to those arguing from the less-familiar opposite side. How does a moderator know whether each poster is actually posting from the opposite side of their beliefs?
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:04 AM
 
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What would people think about creating a Devils Advocate forum?

Here's how I envision it working:

For any issue the original poster states their position on the issue and then must argue the opposite side of the issue. Those joining the thread must do the same.

I'm thinking this could be a sub-forum of the Politics forum.

It might be an interesting excercise.

Just a suggestion.


1) this is the greatest idea since leaving kindergarten.

2) me joining this thread know the political exercises beyond any interest.

opposite enough? <gee, what would people think?>
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Old 08-19-2009, 03:28 PM
 
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I can imagine there would be people who would choose to join the arguments from their preferred side, which would be unfair to those arguing from the less-familiar opposite side. How does a moderator know whether each poster is actually posting from the opposite side of their beliefs?
I agree. I think this is an idea that can only lead to a replica of the already-existing, impossible-to-control P&OC forum. As hard as the mods work over there, and they do, that place is a mess and I know there are a few like me who won't go near the place any more.

Why would we ever want to set up a thread where the only acceptable post is to argue the other side of what the original poster has posted? There's enough friction and strife already. Please let's not do this.

Thanks.

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