Editor's Note: Here's the transcript of the
Whyville Senator Debate, held on Wednesday, February 18 -- we've only kept the
questions and answers of the candidates and City Workers, for the most part, so
it's not 5 miles long... :-)?? Enjoy, and may the best candidate win!??
The winner will be announced in next week's Times.
superid: The way the debate will work is that I will take questions from
the audience, then give each candiate in turn a chance to answer the
superid: I would ask that when the question are being answered, everyone
not talk or whisper so we can all listen
superid: As you all know, this is our senate debate, and our three
candidates for senate are here
superid: so, first things first, our candidates are Alicia, oreobaby and
Suga246 lets all clap for them having gotten this far
superid: I think we will start by having each candidate briefly state what
they think is the most important thing they will do for whyville -- Oreo,
you want to start?
superid: everyone else should be quiet for a few minutes
superid: Oreo, the stage is yours
OrEoBaBy: i think the most important thing that i mentioned was have
businesses sponsor whyville so we can help to make whyville grow
superid: Alicia what do you think is the most important thing you can do
superid: the stage is yours Alicia
Alicia: I think most importantly would be to get an actual tour rather
than virtual to help new members learn about Whyville.
superid: ok, our last candidate Suga - you can take the stage
Suga246: that was mine..well kinda
Bigfoot: It's okay to agree with your fellow candidates
Suga246: i can talk about the tutorials?
Suga246: i think thats the most important out of all my ideas
Bigfoot: go ahead, Suga, whatever you feel is most important
superid: can you briefly tell us the idea about tutorials?
Suga246: I feel that we should finish the newbie center and many newbies
that enter whyville get shut out so we should ahev tutor
Suga246: have tutorials and guidelines how great whyville is and a little
chat where they can feel belonged
superid: very nice all of you.
superid: now, I would like one question from the audience to ask each of
Bigfoot: Ask your questions and we'll pick it out of what you say
01pAnDa: why did you decide to run for senator???????
superid: go ahead Alicia
Alicia: I think i'd be good because i like helping people and listening to
suggestions. Id like to share what i know about Whyville with others and I
just really want to help make a difference in whyville give back for what
its given me
superid: ok oreo your turn now, why would you make a good senator?
OrEoBaBy: think i would make a good senator b/c of my communication skills
OrEoBaBy: communication is a two way street and i communicate well w/
peolpe of any age race and gender
OrEoBaBy: as far as creativity the sky is the limit!
superid: thank you oreo, and Suga, why do you think you would make a good
Suga246: I feel that i have good ideas and I have put myself otu there
trying to make whyville a better place, i have alternatives instead of
solutions and i try my best at all times
superid: ok, I need another question for our candidates
superid: suga can go first this time
superid: here is the question "would you add new things to whyville or
improve on ones we have?"
Suga246: We have amny problems on whyville and we shoudl ahve new things
but not anything major becase we have a limitation on space, we shoudl fix
up the problems we have and THEN get new things
superid: thank you suga, oreo, your answer to the question?
OrEoBaBy: we firts have to think about improvement before we add new, if
something cannot work, then remove it to make something new
superid: thank you oreo and alicia?
Alicia: I think there are things that need to be improved on Whyville.
Although new things would be a plus over time.
superid: here is a question from the cityworkers based on an important
concern to many whyvillians
superid: how would you deal with the plot situation?
Bigfoot: This should be a good debate...
OrEoBaBy: I would take a poll to see how many people accually use their
homes, i kno i dont use mine much and that space could be
OrEoBaBy: the space could be used to better Whyville
superid: thank you oreo, suga your response to the problem with the plots?
Suga246: I know that i cannot please everyone but i want to completely
abolish the plots, People have spent clams on their furniture and i
completely understand but i never used my plot and not man people do, they
are not working currently and could take them away for another room or
just for more space
superid: and finally alicia, what would you do about this difficult
Alicia: I know a lot of people that use the plots and have worked to get
them and keep them. Many people seem to want them.
Suga246: yeah i nkow its a broad subject and so many people want them and
dont want them
Alicia: I don't think they should be taken away from people who have
worked for them and tried to get them
Alicia: More people seem to want them and I think there sould be more.
superid: thank you alicia and thank you all candidates for your
superid: ok, one more question from the audience for our candidates
superid: ok, the question is -- Why did you each decide to run for
superid: Alicia, do you want to start??
Alicia: Sure =]
Alicia: I decided to run because I wanted to give back to Whyville, make a
difference and help people.
Alicia: Along with sharing my ideas.
superid: thank you alicia, suga your answer?
Suga246: Whyville has been my home, I have gone here to escape reality and
to keep myself busy from the difficult changes in my life and I want to
give whyville something back because they have done so much for me
superid: and oreo, your answer to the question why you are running for
OrEoBaBy: i decided to run because I love Whyville and I am very
interested in its future and growth! Whyville Rox!!!!!
superid: thank you candidates for another set of very good answers
superid: And now, I have a question I would like to ask myself
superid: Whyville has grown and keeps growing a lot -- do you think that
is a good or bad thing?
Suga246: i think that it is amazing how so many people can come in such a
sort amount of time, i love that there are new people
Suga246: all the time to give whyville a new sense of creativity with all
of these new ideas from all sorts of people
superid: Oreo -- is growth good or bad?
OrEoBaBy: Growth and population is always good but whyville needs to keep
growing to accomodate them
superid: And alicia -- is growth good or bad?
Alicia: Growth is definitally good. If you had a busniess you'd want more
custumers right? Well in the same sense Whyville ..
superid: would any other cityworkers like to ask a question?
Bigfoot: I have a few questions...
superid: ok, big foot bob has some quesations, so I am going to turn the
screen over to him
Bigfoot: heh, superid never remembers i'm Bigfoot Bill...
superid: I have to leave now
superid: but, I want to say that I am very impressed by the candidates
superid: and I think that Whyvillians will have a hard decision to make
superid: and I think I speak for all the city workers that I look forward
to working with the winner
superid: so, good luck to you all -- bigfoot, go ahead and take over
Bigfoot: First of all, to let you know, the election begins after the
Bigfoot: The election will run for a few days, I believe
Bigfoot: But make sure you choose one person to vote for!
Bigfoot: Voting happens when you log in to Whyville -- there will be a
screen where you can vote
Bigfoot: Okay, I have a few questions for the candidates
Bigfoot: First question: The Whyville-age of our candidates has gotten to
be something of a big deal in this senate race....
Bigfoot: Do you think it's important how "old" a Senator is?
Bigfoot: Let's start with Suga246
Suga246: I dont think that necisaarly you have to be on whyville for a
certain amount of time, but i think that each candidate
Suga246: should at least know the problems and concerns about whyville and
Suga246: want me to talk about oru real age?
Bigfoot: if you think it's important, sure, but if not, don't worry about
Suga246: Our real age is not that important we can be 10 and still do
somethnig for whyville
Bigfoot: Mainly I'm asking because it became something of an issue in the
Times' BBS, especially about Alicia being a veteran and whether that was a
good or a bad
Bigfoot: Okay, Alicia?
Alicia: I dont think how long your a member matters. I think a senator
should have knowledge about Whyville to deal with pros and cons of
Bigfoot: Thanks Alicia, and now OreoBaby
OrEoBaBy: i personally do not think it matters as long as their heart is
in the right place, and they are really commited to makin whyville a
Bigfoot: Okay, next -- Oreobaby has suggested that we make harsher
punishments for prejudice -- can you give us some examples, Oreo?
OrEoBaBy: if they are taped for a longer time everytime and eventually
banishment of not only the account but each account listed
OrEoBaBy: uner that email address
Bigfoot: What do you mean by prejudice?
OrEoBaBy: makin fun of any b/c of there newness, age, race, or abilities
Bigfoot: ok, thanks!
Bigfoot: Alicia, you've suggested making more competitions in the Whyville
Times -- but only like 20% of citizens read the Times! How do we get more
ppl to read the best source of info in Whyville?
Alicia: Well theres a lot of good in the Times. I think there should be
more things to keep people interesting, puzzels, contest
Alicia: People want to get involved in things. Not just read things so it
Bigfoot: Okay, one last question, this one's for Suga246
Bigfoot: All our candidates have made suggestions about creating a newbie
center -- what do you think is most important in encouraging our citizens
to help new folks out?
Suga246: You cant really make everyone decision and you cant stop people
from not helping but i think that by giving the newbies
Suga246: more credit or more reconization will gives oldbies the kind of
attitdue like "wow, the neebis contribute to our community, or they do
make a difference"
Bigfoot: Thanks to all our candidates!
Bigfoot: I know some of you need to go now, so feel free. Anyone who can
stay, feel free to continue to ask our candidates more questions, if
Bigfoot: A round of applause to everyone!
Bigfoot: These are votes for who was most impressive in the debate
Bigfoot: Click on the name to tell us who impressed you most in the
(All polls were created by City Worker neutral.)
POLL: I am mostly impressed by: Suga; Alicia; Oreo
scyllaCat: This looks to an excitingly close race!
Bigfoot: Wow, very close!
POLL: I will vote for: Alicia; Oreo; Suga
10 . Alicia
11 . Oreo
11 - Suga
neutral: ok 1 more time, last time!
Bigfoot: I was very curious about this
JasmineK: people *that* read the times know when and where the debate is
JasmineK: so the vote was influenced
POLL: I read Whyville Times: often; occasionally; rarely
25 . OFTEN
5 . OCCASIONALLY
11 - RARELY
neutral: any more polls?
Bigfoot: Good luck to our candidates!
POLL: I will VOTE FOR: Oreo; Alicia; Suga
scyllaCat: Bye all .
gumbytam: See ya
OrEoBaBy: *shakes alicia's hand* good luck and nice job
Alicia: *high fives people in the crowd* lol
POLL: today's debates were: excellent; great; boring
RESULTS: Majority votes for excellent
neutral: ok guys thank you all!!
neutral: thanks, everyone
neutral: The offciail voting poll will start in a few minutes and will last for
a few days.
neutral: OK guys, good night to everyone. See you at Friday's Trivia Hour!!