Hello everyone! I have an idea for what I feel would be a fun concept for a debate tournament. The idea would be that all the participants are completely anonymous throughout the tournament, until the end where I announce the winner of the tournament and their identity.
How it will work, I will create a discord server for the two challengers each round, in which case they will use an anonymous discord name that doesn't distinguish who one another is. They agree to the terms of the debate, (round length, time limit, etc). Then they will both have 3 days each to submit arguments to me via google doc. Once that document is sent to me I will copy and paste that argument into my own google document as a stamped final, so the debater cannot make edits later after the argument is submitted. After all round of argumentation are submitted, I will send the completed google doc with both debaters arguments separately to 3 volunteer judges who will decide the winner between the anonymous pro and con.
Since this is a proof of concept idea that I want to see if it will work, I will start with 4 test subjects. If you are interested in participating in this tournament, please message me privately. I will announce when I have 4 volunteers and we can start this. There will be the main round then a final round, before the winner is announced. If this turns out well I'd like to try an 8 man out later.
I will need 3 judges but your identity doesn't need to be hidden. I would prefer judges with a lot of debate experience, and who are generally open minded with how they reserve judgment. RFD's will be messaged to the debaters after a decision is made on the winner.