QUOTE(Maybe Maybe Not @ Jun 12 2009, 12:37 AM)
To me, "level headed" means sensible, wise, and/or rational.
"Civil" means polite, and/or restrained
I think the same way, and as such I think level-headedness is an admirable quality on debate boards, because it's most likely to be constructive and to keep the debate flowing.
I'm not sure that civility without
level-headedness is automatically positive. Remembering to say "please" and "thank you" and to call people you don't know "sir" or "madam" would qualify as civil
, but if what you say between the niceties is garbage then I don't think anyone could sensibly call you the most level-headed debater.
For example, if I were to say to anyone on these boards "In my opinion, you, sir, are of less than adequate intelligence to contribute meaningfully to this debate topic" that would be perfectly civil, but would be in breach of the Rules
Therefore, my vote is to leave things as they are for this award.