I would very much like to know if it is possible to modify QA so that it runs in two ways.
The first way is that instead of questions and answers, we would have discussions and comments. Members can rate both discussions and comments.
The second way is that instead of questions and answers, we would have debates and a winner. The first post would be the outline of the debate subject and the subsequent "answers" would be members attempt to win the debate. Each member "answer" would cost the user a defined amount of points. They are gmabling that their view is the winning view. Other members rate the views/answers. The debates should expire after a period and the member "view/answer" with the most votes, would be declared the winner and receive the total amount of points waggered by everyone who participated in the debate.
so the site in essence has two parts, the first part being regular discussions which don't use answers (only comments) and a second part that uses debates as outlined above.
If anyone can provide information on how this can be accomplished I would greatly appreciate it. If this is something easy to do ourselves or we would need to pay a fee to implement the customizations, please indicate methods or fees for doing so.