Professional Adviser Debates is an interactive 'Oxford-style debate' forum inviting readers to take a view on a divisive topic. Expert proposers and opposers will debate key subjects, and readers can comment, vote, share or simply read and enjoy.
Readers are invited to take part in two ways:
- Join the debate at any stage by commenting on what you have read, or share your own, alternative view.
- Vote for the expert you found most convincing. You can change your vote at any time during the debate's three stages: opening statements; rebuttals; and closing remarks.
Each debate lasts for either four or five days and progresses with new posts on the site each day. Voting closes at the end of the final day. The format for each debate:
- Day one: Our two experts - our 'proposer' and 'opposer' - share their opening statements. A 'moderator' will also post a statement, helping to set the scene for the debate. From this point onwards, the audience can add their own comments through the discussion board, and start voting on whether they agree with the proposer or opposer.
- Day two: This will comprise either our contributors' rebuttals to each other's opening remarks, or a guest speaker offering a neutral view.
- Day three: Depending on what appeared on day two, this will include either our participants' rebuttals or our guest contributor.
- Day four: Closing statements follow from both sides on the penultimate day of the debate.
- Day five: Voting closes; our moderator provides a short summary and (drum roll) our winner is announced.
- The debate is archived and can be viewed at any time.
READERS CAN COMMENT AND/OR VOTE AT ANY TIME DURING THE DEBATE.
All of our debates will use #ThePADebate on Twitter, so keepING up to date with the discussion couldn’t be easier.
For any further queries or suggestions on how we can improve our Debates forum, contact Professional Adviser editor Scott Sinclair.