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  1. David

    I apologize

    It's tough to estimate with any precision. Some things are fairly easy (revamping sticky threads, theme weeks) while others are complicated (building a worthwhile videos section and integrated chat). What needs prioritization?
  2. David

    I apologize

    Camp advertisements used to be the norm here, and it'll be returning, but camps don't typically advertise until early January. Sponsored debaters is interesting and a nice way of advertising the site generally. Stickers is a really old school thing that the site used to sell, and I've been toying with the idea of rebooting that. I'm thinking a contest of sorts for designing new ones with prizes for the winners. Stickers would probably be sold basically at cost, and bunches given out as free promos. I agree about traditional circuits. I bungled a lot of my response to your round with Ktyler. Debaters can be hotheads, myself included, and I've got to do a better job of mediating that. Instead of a separate commentary thread, I should have just shut that down and encouraged people to open new threads that weren't based on personal attacks. Disagreement is fine, hostility is not. I appreciate the thoughts! EDIT: I just noticed that I misread your point about camps and advertising, I got it reversed. As a broader goal, I'm hoping to improve the quality of the site enough that people want to refer debaters here, and working with camps has to be part of that. Advertising with camps makes more sense to me than generic ads.
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    New Trier is a quarterfinals qualifier for the Tournament of Champions https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/index.mhtml?tourn_id=10233
  4. David

    Chattahoochee Cougar Classic

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    Chattahoochee is a finals qualifier for the Tournament of Champions https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/index.mhtml?tourn_id=10581
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    Blue Valley Southwest is a finals qualifier for the Tournament of Champions https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/index.mhtml?tourn_id=10552
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    Georgetown Day is a semifinals qualifier for the Tournament of Champions https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/index.mhtml?tourn_id=10637
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    Mid-America Cup @ Valley

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    Valley is a semifinals qualifier to the Tournament of Champions https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/index.mhtml?tourn_id=10610
  8. David

    Greenhill Fall Classic

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    Octafinals qualifier to the Tournament of Champions https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/index.mhtml?webpage_id=5082&tourn_id=10561
  9. David

    I apologize

    Thank you for your thoughts, that's a great list. Here's my general thinking at the moment about these idea: 1. Payouts have been sent. I plan on sending a broader email to all Evazon authors this weekend. Part of the difficulty of recruiting college debaters is the perception of the site as a non-serious venue. College debaters would help improve that perception, but many don't want to contribute while that perception is low. The ole chicken/egg problem. 2. I agree. There's a couple issues built into this one. First, a new group of moderators is needed. Typically this has been done through elections, but that has also led to Russian collusion gaming the system. I'm leaning towards appointing a small, core group for at least the short term. Second, what is an appropriate payment? I think this should probably scale depending on the success of the site, but I don't know what a reasonable range/number/percentage is. 3. I'm not convinced that the site needs general advertisement as much as specific promotion of content like new files. At a minimum, I think some organic change and growth is necessary before general advertising in order for it to be effective. Advertising a ghost town probably won't lead to new, active users. 4. I have gone back and forth about this since basically day 1. On the one hand, a steady revenue stream would make things like paying moderators much easier. On the other hand, as a user, I dislike most ads and run an ad-blocker. The compromise I'm leaning towards is showing google ads to guests but not logged-in users. 5. Theme weeks is interesting. I'm going to have to brainstorm some themes, any suggestions? I plan on removing a lot of the current rules stickies and promoting a site-wide set of rules. The current draft is here. What is the difference between a permanent memes board and miscellaneous? Video is one of my higher priorities, including integrating the collection from DebateVision.com. My current conceptualization is as a separate app (in the sense that calendar is a separate app) with comments integrating into threads. 6. Yeah, there's a long list of improvements that would be great. Following posters exists, but you have to visit their profile to do it. I've been experimenting with various chat systems including some that integrate video, but finding the right software is tricky. I'm also concerned that a chat might lead to the site being blocked from school networks. I think the reward outweighs the risk, though. 7. This is very interesting. Lots of jobs get posted across a lot of different mediums, and none have really had success, so I've shied away from this idea. Integrating reviews of coaches and promoting smaller increments of coaching time might be a worthwhile differentiator.
  10. David

    I apologize

    I would like to apologize for my management of Cross-X over recent years. For nearly two decades this site has been a valuable resource for debaters and I have misserved that legacy. My absence and neglect allowed this community to atrophy. I have let the community down. I am sorry. I am embarrassed and ashamed of how my tenure as administrator has played out. I regret that my inaction has decreased the educational potential of this site. Quite simply, there are no excuses. I do not wish to deflect or blame. This is on me. I can't offer a full explanation for my unavailability. Legal and personal factors have prevented me from tending to Cross-X as the community deserves. At this point, the best I can do is try my hardest to earn your trust. I am now free, able, and dedicated to rebuilding Cross-X into a truly useful destination for debate on the web. I have a few ideas for improvements that will I will announce in the coming days and weeks, but I want your thoughts. How can Cross-X serve you better? For the Evazon authors, I apologize for the great delay. Going forward, payouts will be processed weekly at a minimum. Instructions for requesting new payouts are located here. I am working on creating automatic payouts through PayPal and hope to have more information soon. Ask me anything. I'll do my best to answer. View full announcement
  11. David

    I apologize

    I would like to apologize for my management of Cross-X over recent years. For nearly two decades this site has been a valuable resource for debaters and I have misserved that legacy. My absence and neglect allowed this community to atrophy. I have let the community down. I am sorry. I am embarrassed and ashamed of how my tenure as administrator has played out. I regret that my inaction has decreased the educational potential of this site. Quite simply, there are no excuses. I do not wish to deflect or blame. This is on me. I can't offer a full explanation for my unavailability. Legal and personal factors have prevented me from tending to Cross-X as the community deserves. At this point, the best I can do is try my hardest to earn your trust. I am now free, able, and dedicated to rebuilding Cross-X into a truly useful destination for debate on the web. I have a few ideas for improvements that will I will announce in the coming days and weeks, but I want your thoughts. How can Cross-X serve you better? For the Evazon authors, I apologize for the great delay. Going forward, payouts will be processed weekly at a minimum. Instructions for requesting new payouts are located here. I am working on creating automatic payouts through PayPal and hope to have more information soon. Ask me anything. I'll do my best to answer.
  12. Everyone is right, and everyone is wrong. There have been reasonable arguments, but accompanied with personal attacks and vindictiveness. Here's the code of conduct I'm proposing to have reasonable discussions about these topics. Start a new thread if you want to discuss racism and the Trump administration, the paradox of tolerance, the best style for debate, or even the code of conduct. But let's at least treat each other with a basic level of humanity, even if you think an idea or person is repulsive.
  13. I'm sorry that this situation has erupted like it has, and I hope everyone is okay. If y'all want to finish this round, we can move it to a private area where only the participants and judge can see the thread and post. I'll clean up the thread and get rid of the stuff unrelated to the round.
  14. Everyone needs to relax. This is a debate forum, not the War Room. Different areas of the country have different forms of debate. Not everything takes after the national circuit, and some local circuits actively resist a lot of the tendencies of the national circuit. There's reasonable discussions to be had about how debate should be, but demeaning difference helps no one.
  15. If you want to comment on this vDebate, please keep it to this thread. Let's also be decent to each other. Please review the guidelines. They'll be more heavily enforced as time goes on.
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