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DPL Debate at 22:30 UTC Thursday, March 16th in #debian-dpl-debate on irc.debian.org (The Rules!)

Don't forget, the DPL Debate will be on IRC in #debian-dpl-debate on
irc.debian.org (Freenode) at 22:30 UTC Thursday, March 16th, ending at
01:00 UTC Friday, March 17th. Discussion of the debate will occur in

*** The executive summary ***

Start at 2006-03-15 22:30 UTC
0. Introductions
1. Drafted Responses to questions (6 minutes per, 5-7 questions)
-- 5 minute break --
2. Moderated Debate (1.5 min/5 line responses, one candidate at a time)
-- 5 minute break --
3. Free For All (30-45 minutes of no holds barred slugfest) 
-- 8 minute break --
4. Closing Statements
Stop at 2006-03-16 01:00 UTC

*** A call for panelists ***

Mark J Ray (slef) and David Nusinow (gravity) have volunteered to
assist Thaddeus Black (thb) and myself (dondelelcaro) to select
questions for the debate from the audience, but a few more panelists
will be useful. If you have time to serve and are familiar with IRC,
please let me know.[1]

*** The Rules ***

This years debate will be split into three separate sections in an
attempt to get an idea of what each candidate's own opinions are off
the cuff while avoiding unnecessarily penalizing non-native English

First off, the ground rules for all sections: We will start the debate
as soon as all candidates are present, or no later than 22:45 UTC.
Each section will last approximately 30-45 minutes, with a 5 minute
break in between sections. We will stop the debate and devoice all of
the candidates no later than 00:52 UTC, with closing statements to be
pasted starting no later than 01:00 UTC. Additional debate and
discussion may occur in #debian-dpl-discuss.

The first section will consist of a series of questions (5-7) which
will be posed to the candidates all at once. Candidates will have 6
minutes to draft a response to each question. I will warn candidates
when the six minutes are almost up, and will allow one late response
from each candidate; additional late responses will not be sent to the
debate channel. The candidates will be told the next question
immediately following the close of responses for the previous
question; the audience will be told the next question as soon as the
responses have finished pasting.

There will be a 5 minute break.

The second section is a more controlled approach of the free for all
that we had after the response part above last year. There will be a
series of questions, and candidates will be able to respond by writing
lines directly to the channel. In order to respond, candidates must
first be publicly recognized by the moderator. Candidates will request
to be recognized by using an out-of-band channel to avoid cluttering
-debate. Everyone will have 1.5 minutes to respond or 5 messages,
whichever is lesser, after they have been recognized.

The moderator will also entertain rebuttals. Rebuttals will happen in
exactly the same manner as above; candidates will be recognized, and
they'll have 1.5 minutes or 5 messages to respond, whichever is

The questions may be directed at a specific candidate (in the case of
clarification or response questions), or at all candidates. The
moderator (with the assistance of the panelists) will attempt to even
out the questions and rebuttals granted between the candidates to the
extent possible.

To avoid having the fastest people always speaking first, the
moderator will attempt to randomize the order in which candidates are
recognized. However, the moderator will start recognizing people at
most 15 seconds after the question has been asked, just to keep things

Throughout this section, the moderator will attempt to avoid using
technical measures to control the candidate's ability to speak. If the
moderator has recognized someone, only they can speak after they have
been recognized. The moderator will warn each candidate once if
speaking out of turn happens; the second time the moderator will begin
voicing and devoicing.

There will be a final 5 minute break.

The third and final section will be an absolute and total free for
all. The moderator will attempt to ask questions and followup
questions from the audience and get the candidates to all engage
each other. [The moderator may even troll the candidates. ;-)] It is
suspected that multiple conversations will begin to occur at once, and
multiple questions will be being asked at once in a massive bout of
chaos. It'll be great fun.

After about 30-40 minutes of chaos, the debate will come to a close.

Candidates will have 8 minutes to compose closing statements if they
desire, during which the moderator will make closing statements. The
closing statements will be pasted to the IRC channel starting no later
than 0100 UTC.

Logs from all of the channels involved will be made publicly available
after the debate in the pursuit of transparency.

Don Armstrong

1: /msg dondelelcaro on any major FOSS oriented IRC network and tell
me that you're interested.
The sheer ponderousness of the panel's opinion ... refutes its thesis
far more convincingly than anything I might say. The panel's labored
effort to smother the Second Amendment by sheer body weight has all
the grace of a sumo wrestler trying to kill a rattlesnake by sitting
on it--and is just as likely to succeed.
 -- Alex Kozinski in Silveira V Lockyer

http://www.donarmstrong.com              http://rzlab.ucr.edu

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