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Welcome! :D This is a chance for anyone to ask others to defend a specific position, whether or not the responder agrees with that position!
While our main goal is the aforementioned, we are in the early stages here! So at this point, you are welcome to ask others to make any type of argument - supporting, refuting, or qualifying. Try to post some sort of thesis, but open questions are fine for now.
Anybody can post any thesis, any response, and any constructive criticism. Feel free to contribute in any way!
NOTE: Don't assume OP necessarily agrees with his/her thesis.
An Original Poster (OP) posts a thesis arguing a specific position on a specific topic and asks responders to justify that argument (anybody may post on any topic). OP should provide background info if needed, some starting points/ideas (min 2-3) and some informative resources (min 2-3). If OP want, s/he can ask for any type of response (support, counter, qualify) or make any other specifications. Click here if you'd like a Ready-made/Formatted Outline for the message field.
The Responding Poster (RP) must try to defend the OP's thesis, again, whether or not RP actually agrees with the thesis. Try to come up with your own points! Use/cite reliable sources as needed. Consider including talk of counter-points as well, whether you refute, qualify, or concede them, as doing so can strengthen your writing.
BLAH BLAH BLURB: SO WHAT?
We tend to hold fast to our beliefs, nearly to the point of blinding ourselves. This forum is a way to get people to try to understand a different perspective and think deeply. It can allow us to challenge each other (and ourselves) and practice rational, well-informed arguments.
Please do make suggestions, requests, ask questions, etc.
Offer, imbibe, and enjoy yourself! :D
Reminder: OP's thesis does not necessarily reflect his/her opinion, unless otherwise specified.