OK, so I've got another debate experiment in mind for this month. I have in mind a debate topic which two teams will debate. I need at least six volunteers. Any takers?
Edit: What I have in mind is a blind topic debate with random collaborative teams and critical evaluation. That is to say, there will be two teams, selected at random from the volunteers. Once the teams are selected, the topic to be debated will be revealed (I've got several topics that haven't been addressed in this spot yet, but for which there is plenty of material available for constructing arguments) and the positions assigned to the teams. The members of each team will determine how they collaborate together on their own (do they each come up with arguments, counter-arguments, composition of the arguments, or does each one focus on one aspect, etc).
The debate itself will be conducted thus:
One member from each team will make an opening statement.
Then there will be three rounds. Each round, one member will make arguments for his/her team's position, and one member from each team will respond to the opposing team's arguments. At the end of three rounds, each person on each team will have presented arguments and responded to the opposition's arguments. One person from each team will make a closing statement.
Some number of other participants will then provide an evaluation of the debate, critically commenting on whatever aspect of the debate they so desire.
Once the opening statements, three rounds of arguments and responses, closing statements and evaluations are posted, the winning team will be determined democratically, by a pick question.