Ring of Death feature January 3, 2002 7:15 PM   Subscribe

I want me a Ring of Death feature (more inside).
posted by obiwanwasabi to Feature Requests at 7:15 PM (17 comments total)

I want me a Ring of Death feature, where two MeFi-(ites? ians? ers?) with diametrically opposing viewpoints on a particular issue duke it out in a closed (spectators welcome) forum. An adjudicator, trained in the ancient art of spotting logical fallacies, should preside over the bout, awarding or deducting points for illegal moves. There should be a ladder of competitors, and a debator's ranking should be displayed in brackets after their MeFi member number. Issues fought and won should also be listed, and anybody who posts a viewpoint opposed to that of the winner should be immediately summoned to the Ring.

If you don't believe in God, then your life means nothing.
posted by bunnyfire (21) at 2:42 PM PST on December 22

Everybody knows your God is dead.
posted by MiguelCardoso (54) at 2:47 PM PST on December 22

Ooh! Ooh! I call 'appeal to popularity' on Miguel!
posted by bunnyfire (21) at 2:49 PM PST on December 22

Yeah, that's pretty clear cut, MC. I'm gonna have to take two points for that one.
posted by mathowie (Adj.) at 2:44 PM PST on December 22

Cadela burra.
posted by MiguelCardoso (54) at 2:49 PM PST on December 22

*peeeeeep!* Ad hominen, MC. Yellow card!
posted by mathowie (Adj.) at 2:51 PM PST on December 22
posted by obiwanwasabi at 7:17 PM on January 3, 2002

Bug notification - the Ring of Death clock is stuffed already.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 7:18 PM on January 3, 2002

Poniosity aside, I love it. The first bit, anyway, before you get to the ladder business. I'm not too keen on the idea of making it a competition, but it'd be a great sideshow.

I wonder if MeFicode would allow threads with 3 users only (ie combatants plus ref) without Matt having to do any work.

Once every couple of weeks, archived for posterity...that'd be great fun.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:18 PM on January 3, 2002

I say we should settle all disputes the old fashioned way...


I'm suing Miguel for neglect.
posted by ColdChef at 8:31 PM on January 3, 2002

Hey, I tried; but no-one would take me on.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 8:37 PM on January 3, 2002

Poniosity aside

I call stavrosthewonderchicken for using words that don't exist :)

posted by obiwanwasabi at 8:57 PM on January 3, 2002

I like it.
Dibs on fold_and_mutilate.
posted by jonmc at 9:21 PM on January 3, 2002

And Now Miguel

Isn't he the cutest widdle thing?

posted by y2karl at 9:56 PM on January 3, 2002

This was kinda suggested as a part of an idea mathowie had for a Metafilter magazine. Unfortunately, I don't think it ever got off the ground, but it's still a great idea. I'd love to read longer commentary about issues or ideas from some knowledgeable MeFiers.
posted by gramcracker at 10:22 PM on January 3, 2002

Reading that thread made me a bit sad. I think MetaMag would be a great thing, and it's interesting to me that at that point it was 'howzabout we get together and make a cool thing!' and these days it's 'Let's make a Ring of Death! Yeah, blood and feathers flying!'.

Not to dis obiwanwasabi - I still like the debate idea, but the difference in ideas is interesting as a barometer of the change in tenor 'round these parts, perhaps.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:12 AM on January 4, 2002

I dunno, skallas, it kinda sounds like fun.

I got dibs on holgate!
posted by UncleFes at 8:15 AM on January 4, 2002

Actually, an 'instant' blog would be much better. For posterity and all. Could even attach some comments doo-dads to each point-counterpoint ("Jane, you ignorant slut!") after the fact, so people can add their thoughts when it's all over. Add the users as the team for that blog, plus an admin, boom you're done.

posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:02 PM on January 4, 2002

Now we just need people to stand around the outside of the ring, with cloaks covering their heads, banging on octagonal drums, driving the combatants into a bloodlust frenzy!

"You see...your...death. My blade will finish you."

Bend like a reed in the wind. Word.
posted by Kafkaesque at 12:57 PM on January 5, 2002

Kafkaesque has the ni ten ichi ryu!

Feeeeeer him.
posted by dong_resin at 2:34 PM on January 5, 2002

And how can this be?

For I am the Kwistaz Haderach!

*cue Toto music*
posted by Kafkaesque at 3:22 PM on January 5, 2002

Well, back from the hospital, husband safely tucked into his own bed sans the offending gallbladder....four days without metafilter, but I made it......so I log on, but being the paranoid little furry rodent that i am, i did a search.....

so are the royalties in the mail, or did you need me to sign something first?

one suggestion...why not make it a little bit more like the Iron Chef somehow? nothing like a little Japanese cheez..

posted by bunnyfire at 2:29 PM on January 6, 2002

on second thought, having reread the thread , I will simply join the circle as my alter ego St Alia of the Knife......
posted by bunnyfire at 2:41 PM on January 6, 2002

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