Please post serious posts only. O.K, first of all, a huge thanks to mattj for persuading me to create this thread again in a more suitable, mature manner. For those who disagree with the concept of this thread, please do not post telling me that you don't like it. It helps no one. I decided to create this thread because many people actually thought the previous debate thread was a good idea. All it needed was a little tweaking, and reasoning behind the thread. Well, here's the reason: I wanted a more serious thread where we can discuss certain topics with robust, solid points which are for or against the topic chosen (Feel free to PM me if you want to suggest a new topic). I didn't want the generic type of thread where there's only one topic and the discussion is lacking some more refined arguments. By use of polls, we can actually come to an agreement on the topic/statement in question, and so arguments aren't scattered, but agreed upon. I also don't want my reputation to hinder the chances of this thread becoming active; don't think "Oh, this is that numpty Eagle4, so this is a troll thread and we should lock it". Of course I want to change, I want to become a prominent yet respected member of the community, so my journey to that goal starts here. Hopefully this thread is a common feature in the forum, and is posted on regularly as to keep the argument going. For that reason, each debate has a period of only one week. This is to not let the debate die down. If I feel that a longer time period needs to be added, that will be added. Once the debate has finished, a poll will go up for a period of one week also. That poll will be titled with the statement/question which is the topic for the debate, followed by the options "Yes", "No", or "Undecided". If the Yes and No options have only 5 votes between them, then the topic is undecided. I suggest reading through the arguments before voting; strong points from members of the community could alter your decision. Without further ado, the topic which will be debated on is: How can we have a Debate Thread/Section on Smogon? Deadline: 17th November 11:00 Sources: http://www.smogon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3473016 In this instance, there will be a poll with different options such as "We can't", "It has to be moderated", and "Create a new forum". This topic is just to get the debate thread going so it is serious enough for proper discussion. Discuss.