MMAF - 1 vs. 1 debate
I have an idea that might make the forum more interesting and bring better information out of the minds of all posters.
1 vs. 1 debate.
I don't know anyone on this forum that wouldn't love to go head to head with a certain poster about a certain topic that you two have been debating over in a thread.
Debates happen in most threads, someone taking on someone Else's opinion. However, it ends up being a pile of members trying to dissect each other's posts and half the time the thread ends with opinions being lost and no one actually gets their point across. This works well for the general forums, but a lot of the time I will be in a debate with someone, and the next thing I know, I have 3-4 people quoting my post and now I feel obligated to answer them as well. They add/remove points on your side of the debate, as well as the person you having a person debate with in that thread.
So, I think a section suited for 1 vs. 1 debate would not only help this forum by adding something new and interesting, but it would really help to get your point across to others in a formal, 1 vs. 1 setting, with no outsiders. Only your side of the debate and the other persons'.
The system could work in a "challenge" setting. An example would be:
Poster "A" challenges poster "B" to a debate by posting a thread in the debate section, stating "I challenge poster B to a debate on so and so topic". Fighter "B" will be be given a notice that he has been challenged, and he/she can either accept the challenge or decline it.
I am sure there are many ways to set the system up, this is only an example.
Debates would include:
Fighter vs. fighter - This is exactly as it sounds, a debate on which fighter will win, either in a realistic setting(such as Brock vs. Mir II), or in a hypothetical setting(such as Fedor vs. Brock).
Then there could be other debates, such as "Will there be another Affliction event beyond the third?", "Which belt means more, WAMMA or UFC?", etc. Of course, there are many other examples, as well as many things popping up every other day to debate/discuss.
There could also be a sub-section for "role reversal", where you debate someone supporting the side that you wouldn't normally be on. This would allow for a much greater understanding of the opposing view, and will teach all of us more about the topic at hand, having to defend against our own side of a topic.
There could also be a sub-section for "non-MMA" debate.
People can view the debates, rep the people if they deserve it, but not post in the thread until after the debate is over(if at all). Or, maybe they can post, but only to say "nice points" to one of the debaters.
Exact rules and system would need to be fully worked out, these are just examples.
Anyways, I would be very interested in such a section, as I am sure many people, even right now, have some posters they would love to debate with 1 vs. 1 on a certain topic, without having a chaotic setting with many people trying to quote you disturb the debate you are having with another member.
Keep in mind, there would be rules in place so things don't get out of hand, it would be formal, mature, respectable debates.
What are you thoughts?