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Do you think debaters on here should at least put an image on their picture slot?
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tricitymerchants11
Aug 13, 2007
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Yes, at least have a trademark of yourself (symbol, picture, photo,etc)


tricitymerchants11
Aug 13, 2007
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Distiguish yourself from someone else. Why should a blank silhouette that half the debaters have be your personal trademark?

Be creative, use symbols, if not a personal photo of yourself.

It could take as little as 20 seconds to add something!

 
sandifromlargo
Aug 13, 2007
1 convinced
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OK
So, all the short, fat, bald, ugly OR old people can use pics right?

Sorry it's just my wacky sense of humor that escaped off the chain!

 
tricitymerchants11
Aug 13, 2007
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Rebuttal to: thethinker Show

The question isnt "should it be required?" just asking generally if people think debaters should put a picture up, that's it.

Since you think trademarking is good, you agree with our side in a sense.

There is nothing wrong with making a "hidden" name (trictiymerchants, thethinker, etc) and/or putting up a picture of something you like, or something that sets you apart from someone else.

Otherwise, why be "thethinker?" Why not Johndoe? and I'll be "JohnDoe2" and so on?

You had to have put at least an ounce of thought into becoming "thethinker!" So why should people not go the extra half-ounce and throw a pic up?!



 
tricitymerchants11
Aug 13, 2007
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Rebuttal to: thales Show

Where else is that statement that so furiates you besides this open debate? I don't see the big deal. While we may be "just strangers," many of us are on at least daily so I think we should consider each other as friends, rather than strangers.

 
tricitymerchants11
Aug 13, 2007
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Rebuttal to: mrpayne88 Show

I really didn't make this debate about "requiring" debaters to pick a picture, but since it's turned that way, I guess I do believe we should. Here's why:

It's ok for this site to require everyone to pick a name to distiguish among duplicates (ANY name at all), but not require us to put a picture (ANY picture at all, even giving the option of default pics) Why? What is the difference? Why not have an option for a new debater registering to say "No, I refuse to choose anything of my sort." resulting in either a refusal of account or just an "auto" pick. (ie JohnDoe999).

So my point: Just like we HAVE to choose a "secret" name, we should HAVE to choose a "secret" picture.

....to distiguish among us!

 
tricitymerchants11
Aug 13, 2007
0 convinced
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We all want our voices heard (or typing for that matter), but yet we don't want to flaunt even in the slightest of who we are even by a measly picture?

I can totally see not adding additional information on our profiles, but even a picture of say "a blank purple square" just to set apart two people?

Since we're all very competitve with our views, why not go the extra mile and be competitive with a simple picture...like making people remember you as "sandifromlargo is the picture of the beautiful sunset..." "mr payne is bruce willis" "due on maplestreet is charles bronson."...

..and then theres "so and so with a 'blank silhouette'."

It actually helps "sell" ourself and our views.


 
juggernaut
Aug 13, 2007
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They eye can memorize pictures better than words. The eye can memorize pictures with words better than words alone. Therefore, we will have an easier time knowing each other and less un-needed mixup's if we all presented ourselves with an identity.

 
juggernaut
Aug 13, 2007
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Because, you wouldn't know the difference between A1, G3, 5T, ect. You wouldn't know which person said what, and when debating loses it's personality, there goes half it's fun.

 
blackkodiak
Aug 13, 2007
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Rebuttal to: thales Show

No rebuttal here. That was amazing.

 
juggernaut
Aug 13, 2007
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Rebuttal to: thales Show

The idea isn't to control anybody. It's to give a suggestion. Just like you are suggesting people not to control others.

 
juggernaut
Aug 13, 2007
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Rebuttal to: thethinker Show

If everybody had names such as 010101 and 0001001, this website would lose it's flavor and personality. If somebody said an offensive statement or something you just flat out don't agree with, you wouldn't be able to remember who said it, for future reference. We are allowed to express ourselves. That is the reason we all don't wear the same color clothes. We shouldn't HAVE TO do anything. Whether it's posting a picture or not doing it. Part of the choice of posting a picture, is the choice of refusing to. But the choice is there and should be there for people who want it.

 
helpme
Aug 14, 2007
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I would put something if i could. I've tried a few times and failed. I must be stupid. I finally gave up.

 
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mrpayne88
Aug 13, 2007
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I don't think you should be forced to reveal any information on the internet that you do not want to. There are many concerns and privacy issues surrounding the internet and people should have the freedom of choice.

Therefore the current system is adequate if you want to put a picture of yourself do it. If you want to put a picture of Bruce Willis from Die Hard then the freedom is all yours.

A site such as this one which encourages openess of debate should be the last place where people freedom of choice should be infringed upon

 
thales
Aug 13, 2007
2 convinced
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I really think that the "Everyone here should ____" is getting ridiculous. We don't exercise this level of control over our actual family and/or friends--it's well past time to let go of the fantasy of controlling virtual strangers.

 
wellwellwell
Aug 13, 2007
1 convinced
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no.
just 'cause.

 
thethinker
Aug 13, 2007
0 convinced
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We are here to debate, not to promote ourselves. Arguments are the true focus, not the picture. I personally think trademarking is good (that's why I have my picture) but I don't think it should be required of all people.

 
thethinker
Aug 13, 2007
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Rebuttal to: tricitymerchants11 Show

I like to put picture on my profile because I want to original, but I don't say that they should have it. They don't have to put in that ounce if they don't want to, and we are in no position to say that they should. Besides, we are here to debate. Why would it matter if our names were A1, A2, G134 etc?

 
dueonmaplestreet
Aug 13, 2007
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Sure, lets make everyone do every same thing, must put down profile, must put on a picture, must include real name, must pass gas only under left cheek, if they want to put in that effort than fine. If not, then so be it. Personally I like to have that little picture up there, it kind of tells people where I'm coming from. I don't think we should try to force people to do all of these things. Perhaps some will once they get a feel for the sight and decide if they want to come back. Its their decision.

 
thethinker
Aug 13, 2007
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Rebuttal to: juggernaut Show

But why need the difference? This is not myspace. We need arguments and not people. Although it would be nice to have something special, it's not like personality is all that important.

 
thales
Aug 13, 2007
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Rebuttal to: tricitymerchants11 Show

Actually, there's a similar construction to the question of whether people should have to leave a comment to vote on competitive debates, and similar intent to the one about whether we would like to know other members personally.

And I notice in flipping through your old competitive debates that "should" is a word you are quite fond of, so perhaps you don't notice it as much, but for many people, being told that we "should consider each other as friends" reeks of our mothers telling us to "just be nice" to our pesky social-suicide neighbor.

 
thales
Aug 14, 2007
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It's too late to edit my last post, but I would like to clarify that I am not actually trying to imply that I consider convinceme members to be pesky social-suicide neighbors.

There are quite a few people here whom I respect, and several that I'd go so far as to say that I like. There are people whom I could probably eventually consider actual friends...if I didn't live an ocean away from pretty much everyone here, which makes it tougher.

My objection is not to the idea of community, it's to the idea of let's-all-be-best-buds-now enforced community. If people aren't inclined to post a photo, then either 1) they're not as interested as you may be in being a part of said community, or 2) you might just have to find some other way to evaluate their character.

 
thethinker
Aug 14, 2007
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Rebuttal to: juggernaut Show

It's beneficial, sure, but it shouldn't be required.

 


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