A Cool Debate is a formal method of interactive and representational argument. A Cool Debate is a broader form of argument than logical argument, which only examines consistency from axiom, and factual argument, which only examines what is or isn't the case or rhetoric which is a technique of persuasion. Though logical consistency, factual accuracy and some degree of emotional appeal to the audience are important elements of the art of persuasion, in debating, one side often prevails over the other side by presenting a superior "context" and/or framework of the issue, which is far more subtle and strategic.
Installation instructionsDownload the extension here. http://acoolsip.com/development/a-cool-debate.html Unzip the extension. Log in to the back end of your site and go to Extensions -> Extension Manager. Install the acooldebate_package.zip and this one package will install the component,modules,plugins. Publish and position the modules. Go to Components -> A Cool Debate. At the top right of your screen you will see an options button. Click the options button and edit the settings to your liking and/or just press Save and Close.
Debate your friends and foes with this debate component.
When building this component I drew on debate.org as an example. With the upcoming elections in America I figure that this will become a very popular extension for joomla. This component integrates with the most popular community extensions for joomla, Community Builder, Jomsocial, CBE and Joomunity.
This is the first release candidate of this extension and is ready for users to put it through their test.
1.0.7 - is a "Security Release" and those who use the extension should upgrade immediately.
1.0.8 - This extension now includes 2 modules and a plugin.
mod_acooltopdebaters will show the debaters who have the most points.
mod_acooldebatecats will show your debate categories in a module as long as the category has at least one debate.
plg_search_acooldebate will allow you to use joomlas core search to include debate topics and discussions in the search results.
This plugin is for ACoolDebate Joomla extension. Once installed, this plugin will list debates in the joomla default search component just as it lists articles.
This module is for ACoolDebate Joomla extension. Once installed, this module will list the top scoring debaters in your debate component.
This module is for ACoolDebate Joomla extension. Once installed, this module will list the debate categories you have set up as long as the category contains at least one debate.