It recently occurred to me that there are certain pairs of members who repeatedly engage in heated disagreements in just about every thread that comes up. Here is my proposed solution for such opposed pairs:
Battle it out here, where you can argue as freely as you please without having to worry about derailing threads. All of your arguments will be visible, to prevent dishonesty. You may argue about anything you please as long as you do it here.
Here are the rules (subject to change as I think of new ones):
1) Once a pair of competitors has been established, that pair may receive no outside help from other participants.
2) A person who has been challenged to a duel may decline without counting that decision as a defeat by the opponent.
3) The battle ends when one of the participants admits defeat or forfeits. The battle may also be ended by both participants agreeing on a compromise, reaching a mutually satisfactory understanding, or agreeing to disagree permanently without further conflict. If one of the participants fails to respond to the opponent within a week of the last post without a resolution having been achieved, that participant is disqualified from the battle, but may re-challenge the same opponent as many times as necessary, even on the same topic, until a resolution is reached.
4) Opponents may use internet sources or other sources (books, videos, scientific documents) to support an argument, but must provide either a link verifying the information or some kind of details that will allow the opponent to verify the source.
5) Pick any topic: transhumanism, gay marriage, vegetarianism, abortion, feminism, religion, politics, whether the moon is made of green cheese, or whatever it is you want to fight about. No topic is off limits, but the topic must be stated when the opponent is initially challenged to the duel.
Here is an example of how to state the challenge: "Snail challenges Lance to a battle on Vegetarianism" Then you can give an opening statement about why you want the challenge.
(This is just an example, not an actual challenge, in case Lance is reading this!)
...so, who will it be? Step right up and be the first to bring your battle to my arena! I can think of at least three different pairs of opponents who would benefit, right off the top of my head, and I'm sure there are plenty I haven't even considered. Come to the arena and challenge your rival.