QUOTE(CruisingRam @ Jan 7 2007, 04:25 PM)
To be fair Leder- I understand your point- but, in politics, sometimes the very essence of the question comes from the statement- though, only a couple of us are pro-writers- I think, overall, even in leading questions, most debaters can get around the bias in the questions.
Debaters can often "get around the bias", that is true. But, the most constructive debate starts with less biased questions. We've occasionally closed threads that were actually too biased to be constructively debated at all (rare, but it happens). Ideally, no bias should be shown in the initial questions to be debated. Here
is an example of a great opening to a topic. It's perfect, IMO. Clear questions, unbiased and informative. Later, Jules answers his own debate questions during the course of the thread. It is during the course of the thread that he attempts to persuade, and I think it's very effective. That's optimal, and what to strive for...but it doesn't always happen, and I confess I'm guilty myself.