Welcome to the Chamber of Debate! This forum is designed to be a little more formal. It has more structure than the other forums, and is a little more strictly controlled. Here's how it works:
Anyone can read the debates in the Chamber, but only those participating in a debate can post there. Before the debate begins, the rules for the particular debate are agreed upon (number of posts, time intervals, judges, etc.), and these will be posted in the initial topic.
A parallel thread will be created in the Discussion forum, where other users can comment on it. Once the debate is completed, a poll will be added to the discussion thread to get the popular verdict. The Debate thread will be locked after the judges ruling is presented (if judges were involved; otherwise, it will be locked after the final debate post).
If you'd like to start your own debate, you will need to organize a challenger, and select judges if you'd like to use them. Once everyone has agreed, PM the moderator with your complete rule set, and they will set it up.
Just to be clear, anyone who wants to debate can debate! The extra control isn't designed to make the forum exclusive, just to make debates a little more. . . debate-like. Of course, if you abuse your access to the forum, you'll be excluded for varying amounts of time (depending on the severity of the offense and any previous offenses).
So, have at it!
EDITTED: rules revised 5/29, see below.
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