[Note: We will start going through the debating forum and getting rid of pointless debating threads that don't fit at all with the guidelines etc. This'll start happening within the next few days, but have no worries, most debates will stay.]
The Debating Forum is a fairly active and important part of AFC, and so it has been suggested and decided that a set of guidelines for people to follow would be helpful in making it a more enjoyable place to debate. We encourage you to follow these guidelines to make the Debating Forum work better.
Important: Mature topics will be discussed here, so please use your own judgment as to what to read and what not to. However, we will be keeping a close eye on said mature topics as this is a children-orientated forum and there are many young members of the forum. Any mature debate must be properly titled so members can know what is being discussed, and a rating of "M" for Mature to be put after the title.
The main guidelines when creating a debate are:
1) The topic or statement must be debatable. You cannot have a debate over whether pedophilia is a good thing, nor can you have a debate over whether two and two really makes four; therefore, make your topic one in which both sides can debate. Also remember that opinions are not debates; you must argue your case.
- An additional note is to try and avoid fandom debates, such as "Twilight vs. Harry Potter" unless there is actually something to debate about.
2) Explain your topic or statement. Please avoid broad statements -- be specific so everyone can understand what the issue is. Explain what you are talking about and the different aspects of it.
3) Research! You help yourself when you are familiar with the topic you are debating, and you help others understand and get an idea of what the topic is.
4) While there is no minimum word count, we suggest the initial post to be around 100 words.
5) Try and make your title closely related to the topic of the debate to show people what is going to be discussed.
When replying to a debate:
1) Explain your opinion. Do not just go "I agree," and leave it at that. Explain what aspects you agree with and what you disagree with, and, most importantly, justify yourself.
2) Research and give evidence. Of course evidence is not always needed, but if you say "so and so people die because of this," make sure you've got your facts right and say where you got this information from.
3) Remember to be civil and polite. Take into consideration that these are other people's opinions and beliefs you are arguing about, so be careful. However, also remember that debates can get heated and that you musn't be too sensitive to some of the comments.
4) We already have a rule about typing in proper English. Please keep this in mind as it is especially hard to read long, complicated debating posts when there is no grammar nor any paragraphing.
5) Try and read the last two pages to make sure you don't simply repeat what someone else has said previously.
These are just guidelines and are extremely flexible; however, if things start to get out of hand then we will have to start enforcing them.
Please do not feel intimidated by these guidelines. We want to make the Debating Forum as enjoyable a place as possible and we want to hear your views. As long as you read these, your debates should be fine.