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Thursday, June 03, 2004

Blitz Battle #1: Outsourcing

To keep the debating spirit alive and kicking here this week as we regroup for more battles (starting in 3 days!), I'm introducing a new feature to Iron Blog: The Blitz Battle.

Blitz Battles are in-the-trenches debates done rapid-fire between you, the readers, not our Iron Bloggers. Blitz Battles (BB's) are done in the comments section of designated posts (like this one) between anyone who wishes to join in. Here's how you participate:

I will post a BB with a theme Topic, like our regular battles, but these Topics will come from other sites - sites I list on my blogroll that I read regularly. Once you read the linked-to post, leave a comment at that site expressing your views on the issue (IMPORTANT: Be courteous and respectful at all times. Anyone from here causing trouble at one of these sites will be dealt with here, as well. You may choose to reference Iron Blog in your comment to help get us more exposure, but be mellow about it - the last thing I want is some blogger I like reading emailing me about 50 posts spamming his comments about the many virtues of Iron Blog. We want exposure, not venom.) and copy that comment here. You've now joined the battle. As more and more of you join in, feel free to start responding - this is a debate, after all - and rebut each other. I will cap the battle at a deadline time and a winner will be picked by myself with the help of my Iron Bloggers. Winners will be announced shortly after the battle's deadline strikes, and winners will get a link on the Left or Right as a BB winner, after our IB listings but before our blogrolls.

Anyone - former Challengers and even Judges - can compete in Blitz Battles. Everyone but my four Iron Bloggers, that is. So what are you waiting for? Here's your chance to see if your spleen can vent supreme!

Our first Blitz Battle Topic comes from Dan Drezner, a member of my Right blogroll. His article on outsourcing is thought provoking to say the least. Is outsourcing always a bad thing, or can it have benefits as well? Let Mr. Drezner know what you think, and join the battle in our comments section! The cut-off deadline for this battle is 10pm PST. Comments posted after 10pm PST will NOT be counted.

Allez debate!

UPDATE: I extended the time on this because, well, no one has jumped in. Did I pick a lame topic this time? Or are you all just a bunch of wussies? :)

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