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cmh4135



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PostSubject: Topic of the Week   Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:13 am

I was wondering whether we could, perhaps, get a weekly topic debate going. Limit the discussion to a week (at most unless it still has considerable strength) but tackle some of the more controversial issues out there - the traditional haunts of Speaker's Corner perhaps?

There have been some great debates of late on other fora on some pretty heated topics?

Anyone up for it?

Any suggestions for topics?
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:17 am

Yeah Smile I could be up for that. All sorts of topics out there.
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:18 am

Bluebloodedscouser wrote:
Yeah Smile I could be up for that. All sorts of topics out there.

Name one then. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:21 am

Cat19 wrote:
Bluebloodedscouser wrote:
Yeah Smile I could be up for that. All sorts of topics out there.

Name one then. Wink

Abortion, religion, parental responsibility, the nhs
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:21 am

This sounds great to me!

We could perhaps relate it to something that's in the news that week. Or we could do some of the usual contraversial ones...abortion, euthanasia etc.
I sometimes attend a moot where we discuss different topics and there have been some interesting conversations around fanaticism (sp?), life after death and religious tolerance but I'm not sure if those are of more interest to people with faith. I think it's probably better to keep to topics that a lot of people will have an interest in.
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:45 am

Sounds good. I wouldn't be a regular participant, but if there was a topic I felt strongly about, then I'd jump in.
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:02 am

OK - why not post suggestions and then on Friday I'll pick one out of the proverbial hat!
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:43 am

NOt sure how topical it is... it is a few weeks old, but what about the 13-year old girl wanting to sail solo around the world?

I also posted something on Sunday about Internet Privacy in Soapbox that I think has legs.
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:55 am

The 13 year sailor was only last week. Here are a few more options;

Do we need to rethink our healthcare system (and funding) in UK.
Should we have released the Lockerbie bomber.
Are GCSE / A level exams getting too easy.
Are "green" initiatives going too far / not far enough.
Do we pay too much / not enough tax.
Will the 2012 olympics be good for the UK.
Should we raise the driving age for youngsters and / or make older people take regular re-tests.
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Wed Sep 02, 2009 11:58 am

Should the drinking age be raised to 25?

Should child benefit be means tested?

Should parents read their children's personal emails or IMs, and under what circumstances?

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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:05 pm

I have thought up a few suggestions but I'm not sure how much they would interest most people:
Should the age of criminal responsibility be raised from 10.
Should religion be taken out of schools.
Should we abolish the monarchy.
Should educatoin be inclusive of disabled people.
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:08 pm

Some excellent ideas!

The proverbial hat has room for a few more!
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:37 pm

Is positive discrimination fair?
Should we withdraw troops from Afghanistan?
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:49 pm

always up for debate..

would prefer topical myself i.e. recent debate as opposed to wider issues like abortion, but thats just me
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Thu Sep 03, 2009 2:30 am

Yeah, I think like Helen I'd prefer something current. I do enjoy getting angry during the Jeremy Vine show every day, but that's partly because I can't stand the man....
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Thu Sep 03, 2009 2:34 am

OK - how about two debates - one current, one general. Might help with the flow?!
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Thu Sep 03, 2009 4:52 am

marymoose99 wrote:
Yeah, I think like Helen I'd prefer something current. I do enjoy getting angry during the Jeremy Vine show every day, but that's partly because I can't stand the man....

Errrr....just don't watch it then.... Idea

(Sorry just noticed that you said you ENJOY getting angry.....)
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Thu Sep 03, 2009 5:00 am

Would it be possible to have it so that only members can view it?
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Thu Sep 03, 2009 5:42 am

Sonia wrote:
Would it be possible to have it so that only members can view it?

I am sure it would be possible to do this, but I am just wondering why? And would other members prefer this too?
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Thu Sep 03, 2009 6:05 am

I have just found that in debates on other forums people tend to use personal experience and I wouldn't be as comfortable doing this if the debate was viewable by everyone. If it's not possible, or people don't want it I coudl just change my user name.
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Thu Sep 03, 2009 6:06 am

I have no qualms about small sections being "members only", but as a board where I hope we're about sharing information and advice as much as have a bit of a chat/debate, I'd like the review site forums to remain viewable to the public. From my experience with phpBB3, it should be possible to make any combination of forums/sections private. In fact, thinking about it while I type, I'd only really want perhaps Soapbox to be private, if any area of the site has to be. Personally, I've no qualms about people seeing what I type.

Mod team... perhaps this is a discussion for the site HQ?
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:39 am

Jeremy Vine's on the radio, and it seems to go without saying that we listen to radio 2, whether I like it or not. Actually since I'm the only full-time person it should be up to me!
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:56 am

I'd be happy for the "chat" section to be members only. It's not particularly helpful to op site members who are not party to the discussions and do take Sonia's point of not wanting some personal info to be all out there for general debate.
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:42 am

Sonia wrote:
I have just found that in debates on other forums people tend to use personal experience and I wouldn't be as comfortable doing this if the debate was viewable by everyone. If it's not possible, or people don't want it I coudl just change my user name.

OK, that is a good point. Will see what we can do.
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PostSubject: Re: Topic of the Week   Fri Sep 04, 2009 2:53 am

OK - just about to post this week's topics on the SOAPBOX.

I've got loads of general topics but just a few current debate topics. These will obviously change over time too so, if you've got an idea for a current debate topic then please add it here and it'll go into the hat!

The random number generator found here will be used to pick topics from my list! http://www.violetcottage.com/random/
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