Idea for Daily Paul: Debate CornerSubmitted by TommyPaine on Fri, 05/17/2013 - 03:13
A lot of arguments going back and forth around here about content.
Although Nystrom & Company like to point out that this is private property, which it is, it should also be pointed out that it is a blog where 99% of the content is posted by people other than Nystrom & Company.
A blog is all about content, driving traffic to the site, so it can be monetized. To be monetized, though, there must be traffic, and traffic to a blog is all about content. In the case of DP, 99% of that content is created by the participants.
Treating the participants badly is like Walmart saying they won't sell certain products. Sure, they can get away with it at first, but if they keep doing it, they will destroy their own business.
Personally, I think Nystrom will probably come up with some sort of guidelines on what is off limits, and then we can all decide to vote with our feet, or stay.
In the meantime, I have an idea that maybe others can add to and maybe be refined, and see what Nystrom thinks when he gets back in action.
In looking at the layout of the website, there is some redundancy on the right column. There's an ad at the top, which I assume will stay in place since it is prime real estate. But below that, there are 5 different sections, all of which point to recent posts, top posts, special posts, etc.
I think there is room there for a "Debate Corner." With a Debate Corner, mods could direct certain threads or discussions there. But what I have never seen on the internet is a REAL debate area where rules are adhered to and maybe even people could vote on who "wins."
One thing that has been creeping into the DP has been a lot of people specializing in ad homenim attacks, strawman, red herring, trolling, and generally cluttering threads with nonsense distractions.
Ideally, a Debate Corner would not allow those types of posts, and would kick those people out of the threads.
The Main part of DP could be news articles about what is going on in the world of liberty and the Debate Corner could be for debating ideas, events, whatever. Religion vs. Atheism. False Flag vs. Incompetent Gubmint. Minarchism vs. Anarcho-Capitalism. Rand Great vs. Rand Sucks. Whatever.
Just a thought -- but something I don't think is being done anywhere else on the internet. The key, for me at least, would be a set of DEBATE RULES that MUST be honored, or those not honoring would have their posts deleted for not honoring the spirit of the Debate Corner.
What say you?