Do people in debate have way too much time on their hands?
I think so. Here are some reasons:
Someone created a name to look like mine and posted an entry in debate. The journal even has some of my posts to make it look real. Furthermore, upon creating this community, I was spammed like crazy with trolls and whatnot.
Several communities have been started by various ex members of debate.
Some have even been started by the actual members of debate who wanted a more formal meeting area.
None are still very active. People eventually get bored there, or are chased out by the maintainer's overpolicing of the comments. I myself have been banned and readded to top_debater more times than I can count, one time for simply pointing out that if I had said what another member had said(a rather hatefull insult) I would have been banned. (It should also be noted, that the maintainer of said community, still goes back to debate even though they hate it and are banned, using another account for the simple purpose of posting trollish debates...)
So, I guess what I am getting at...
For debate, how long will this community last? Will it wind up more popular as the original, or will it suffer the same fate as all the others?
Are the swift boat ads aiding Bush or backfiring on him? Should he speak out against them, as Kerry has suggested?
I personally think that it just makes the other side look bad for playing dirty. I don't believe those who were not on his boat, and frankly, it just looks like a smear campaign. As of yesterday, the skipper of the boat Kerry was on showed his support for Kerry after 35 years of silence. I agree with Kerry that Bush is probably working behind the scenes for the release of these ads as he has not spoken up against them.
What have our elections come to? It's grim to think that running for president has turned into a "who do you believe" kind of thing.