QA Format

July 7, 2020 - Reading time: 2 minutes

Question asked:

  • Answer one given from person 1, et al.
  • 5 minutes are allocated per answer if 2 participants are present.
  • 3 minutes are allocated per answer if 3-4 participants are present.
  • 2 minutes are allocated per answer if 5 or more participants are present.


  • Responses are only offered if a person is mentioned in the answer. For example: Question: “How are you today?” Answer: “I’m great, Ty.” This enables “Ty” to respond with 2 minutes allocated. Any person named is allocated a 2-minute response, followed by a 1-minute response by the initiator, followed by a 1-minute follow-up by the named person.

Etiquette for all:

  • Never publicly disagree or argue with the mediator.
  • Never offend, disrespect, or insult another debater or mediator.
  • Do not speak out of turn or interrupt another debater or mediator.
  • Present facts truthfully.  Do not falsify or distort the facts.
  • Stay focused on the topic or question up for debate.
  • Do not become emotional in your appeals.
  • Control your tone of voice.
  • Avoid quarreling and bickering. Do not point fingers at anyone.
  • Focus on the topic, not another debater or mediator.
  • Avoid personal attacks.
  • Do not discuss physical attributes or limitations.


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