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General rules for random debates (version 2)

Random debates are automatic challenges put out by the site. The topic is taken from our ever-changing database of fair topics, often based on recent tournament topics (see the list here). They exist so you can be inspired to take a stand on some tough, relevant topics.

Because of their randomised nature they attract debaters of a wide variety of backgrounds. There is therefore as little formal structure as possible within the parameters of the rules. Anything not specifically covered here or in the rules must be considered leniently by voters. In particular, there are no restrictions on permissible arguments, permissible structure or sources (outside of Edeb8 site-wide rules).

However, the following general rules do apply:
Rules last updated 23/4/13.
Version 1 of these rules

Got something to say about these rules? Add your comment below. We want to make this as useful as possible for everyone, so would welcome any contribution.

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adminComment posted by admin
2014-04-28 10:47:11
Rules last updated 23/4/13 - should read 29/4/13 sorry
ArcTimesComment posted by ArcTimes
2014-07-20 14:57:56
Should I defend the position I initially selected before the resolution was chosen even if I don't believe in it?
That would be cool, I just want to know if it's some kind of rule.
adminComment posted by admin
2014-07-29 04:44:32
Pretty much. You defend whatever position you have in the debate. Thanks for this - I'll try to include it in the next version of the rules. Also sorry for the slow response. :)
SaxonHammerComment posted by SaxonHammer
2016-08-03 14:05:01
Specify a dictionary for word base - e.g. Oxford English Dictionary
adminComment posted by admin
2016-08-03 14:08:34
Do dictionaries really differ THAT much?
Punam JaiswalComment posted by Punam Jaiswal
2016-10-07 00:55:07
hello sir , my name is poonam .. also i would like debate to you
Benji Alexander SmithComment posted by Benji Alexander Smith
2018-02-09 13:56:43
Yes - in my opinion, dictionaries /do/ differ significantly in their definitions, at least to the extent that it would be sensible to adopt only one dictionary for definitions. My choice for that dictionary would (of course) be the Oxford English Dictionary.

Merriam-Webster seems to be targeted at an American audience, for example. 'Dictionary.com' is all over the place. Some people get their definitions from Wikipedia.

For all these reasons, I propose that we should settle on the O.E.D. as the standard dictionary for definitions.
Punam JaiswalComment posted by Punam Jaiswal
2016-10-07 00:56:44
we should give money to children
TheRightOneComment posted by TheRightOne
2020-02-23 16:36:45
I agree with all rules. I will stand by them firmly. I will do my best to be cordial. Don't be Dutch in finding the outcome I will be huriex in my decisions to rewrite the rules. Now who wants to debate current issues with our justice system? Ask someone who has been through it. Get to know them personally before you judge them. Because judge not less you be judged by others. It takes more than 15 minutes and a stacked docket to make a determination on the rest of an individuals life. Who has the right to do that including a judge? Now let's debate...
adminComment posted by admin
2020-02-23 21:12:52
What exactly is the resolution?
aprilpal33Comment posted by aprilpal33
2020-11-11 22:51:34