If you like argumentation and you like being online, you may find yourself in the unexpected position of being unable to align your interests with your location. Surely, the internet should be the place where you can argue and argue and argue? No. You can fight on the internet, but don’t try to academically/formally celebrate the art of debate. That is generally considered pedantic, uppity, classist, bullying or a dreadful combination of a few. Don’t misunderstand me, those can all be the case depending on the context.
However, celebrating argument, getting a chance to flex your critical muscles, and learning things is fucking fun.
One, usually, becomes part of an online community because they respect the other members. Online communication is generally all of the reading and writing variety. As such, if you like the people and the medium is all about communication, then you like the communication of the people. If this is the case, who better to argue with? To avoid it or jump past it to verbal abuse and/or a gifalanche is such a wasted opportunity. It would be like joining a club because its members were on your favorite basketball team and then refusing to join them for a pick-up game.
No one is expected to be a master debater, but if you are, I would love to watch.
For now, the rules are basic. I don’t care about how commenters here behave OUTSIDE of this space. I would prefer you be cuddly and well liked, but it’s not a must. In this space, you must be comfortable with being wrong, be gracious about being right, and never resort to personal attacks. People who drop all pretense of argumentation get banned. No name calling or petulance. If someone is crossing a boundary, let them know and be OK with tapping out if it’s too much. If you want to swear or get heated, go right ahead as long as you are still debating and not having a breakdown.
A caveat regarding swearing: as a personal favor, don’t do the swearing + innocuous item portmanteaus. If, in your free time, you think calling someone a dirty snatchcopter or cock and balls over easy or wank stain shoe horn is the highest form of personal expression, then go nuts in your free time. Just don’t do it here. Be fucking creative.
This isn’t about knowing all the rules or knowing big words or having the biggest throbbing brain in the room or having had the best education. It’s just about arguing for fun and learning.
I dropped out of high school like a lot of my fellow students—sincerely, at my HS freshmen make up 30% of the student body and seniors make up 19% and there isn’t a gladiator death battle in place of junior prom. I know, I know: boostrappy. I learned a lot in college, but I learn more everyday that I look something up. This month I learned about em dashes. Thanks, internet!
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