# Questions regarding this forum

Discussion in 'Formal debates' started by James R, Nov 21, 2007.

1. ### James RJust this guy, you know?Staff Member

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This is a thread where any questions or issues concerning the Formal Debates forum may be posted.

3. ### domesticated omInterplanetary homesteaderValued Senior Member

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Got an early question for you - although it's a very minor aesthetic one.
I noticed there is quite a bit of dead-space between the formal debate forum and the others/bottom border under the "life" subcategory.

I think this is because admin has selected all moderators to moderate the forums. By default, I guess vBulletin pastes the list of names to a single cell within that table, and puts them all on their own row (which resizes the cell if the list is too long).

What happens if you create a new "user group" under the vbulletin CP called "Moderation team" and list all your admins in it. Will it show up as the name "Moderation Team" in that cell, or would it still list everybody's individual names? This might be the solution to the problem.

5. ### Avatarsmoking revolverValued Senior Member

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That subforum has been created a bit hastily, problem will be solved when an admin comes online.
Sorry for the inconvenience.

7. ### domesticated omInterplanetary homesteaderValued Senior Member

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No problem at all.

I know how to fix it with "Invision Power board" because I've set one of those up personally. Just don't know how you would do it with vBulletin - but I'm sure the process is similar.

I can also customize the individual cell directly via html.

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8. ### Plazma Inferno!Ding Ding Ding DingAdministrator

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Unfortunately, by default vBulletin has no option to place whole group as a moderator. I worked with Invision and it has that option indeed.

Anyway, I found some old plug-in, but it has warning that it's still in Beta (since 2004?!), and it's without any further updates.

Shall we test it?

9. ### domesticated omInterplanetary homesteaderValued Senior Member

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It may be safer to clear the cell, and just put a link like:
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<a href="http://www.sciforums.com/showgroups.php">Moderation team</a>

.....I have no clue what the proper query string would look like to show only the moderators for that forum though

10. ### CarcanoValued Senior Member

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Why is it necessary...a 'formal debates' forum I mean?

11. ### James RJust this guy, you know?Staff Member

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It's not necessary. It's just an extra forum for those who are interested.

12. ### OrleanderOH JOY!!!!Valued Senior Member

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will threads be moved here from other forums? (such as religion)

13. ### James RJust this guy, you know?Staff Member

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Most likely not.

The idea to have a restricted number of participants, and for the debate to be conducted according to strict rules. Free-for-all conversations are for the other sub-forums.

14. ### Marvin_Registered Member

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How is the winner decided?

15. ### draqonBannedBanned

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If there is indeed God and there is indeed proof of God...what will become of us and all our discussion on sciforums, of God afterwards?

16. ### James RJust this guy, you know?Staff Member

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By popular acclamation.

Seriously, though, there doesn't have to be a "winner". Some debates aren't black and white, but they're still worth debating.

17. ### GustavBannedBanned

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it is an improvement on the current and bogus standoff we have now on issues
an easy reference
a trolls sledgehammer

excellent work, my good man

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19. ### ashurathe Old RightRegistered Senior Member

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Heh, do any of these people exist in sciforums?

20. ### TruthSeekerFancy Virtual Reality MonkeyValued Senior Member

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I have a question. Should we start a discussion thread before strating the formal debate one? I find that a lot of people end up discussing unformally in the proposal threads...

21. ### James RJust this guy, you know?Staff Member

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No. If you want an informal discussion, have it in another forum. This one is for formal debates!

22. ### TruthSeekerFancy Virtual Reality MonkeyValued Senior Member

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Well, alright. But you can't stop them from discussing in a proposal thread... LOL!!

:shrug:

23. ### Captain KremmenAll aboard, me Hearties!Valued Senior Member

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I very much like the idea of formal debates, but I think you will have continual trouble with people who do not understand the rules posting their own contributions.

There is also the problem of people not paying enough attention.
I nearly posted into one of the current debates myself, and I am aware of the rules.

I understand that ideas for programming are far simpler than the changes in code required, but would it be possible for you to bar non eligible posts once the debate has started. Otherwise I think you will have to have the patience to constantly re-educate people and spend time deleting posts.

btw. Whose original idea was it?