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  1. ^ what @jmeza111401 said I was real close to closing this thread a couple times, but it seemed to meander back towards reasonable discussion. This last page? woof Relatedly, if anyone would like to review the current draft of rules going forward... https://www.cross-x.com/code-of-conduct/
  2. You're right, with fewer active users there are fewer people to be a mod, and fewer opportunities to use those mod powers to handle big spam raids. That's what makes me uncertain of new mod elections, there has to be a reasonable candidate pool. It's more likely that I eventually appoint a super moderator like the site has had in the past. Mods can IP ban but it's not explicitly called that, it's part of the warning system. IIRC, in that specific incident the person ended up posting from multiple IPs.
  3. David

    This site

    I originally joined during the '05-'06 season. Even then people were saying the site used to be more active, and it seemed true based on reading old regional threads. It's tough to get solid numbers because the site has been through multiple owners and multiple software systems, but I think 2 graphs are illustrative. First, registrations, which peaked in 2007. I'm not sure what that bump in 2015 is, but safe to say that it's an anomaly. Second is posts. All of the posts prior to mid-2004 were purged at some point, so that data is unavailable. From then, posting peaked in spring 2009 and trended downwards from there. That dip at the end of 2010 was when the site was hacked and the database crashed. After that, I took over. I will certainly shoulder a good amount of blame because of my neglect. There are a lot of things that I could have done that would have helped sustain the site. I think there are also other factors involved. When I first joined, the site had a reputation as a sort of troll haven. A lot of posts were irrelevant and, dare I say, vacuous. While I enjoyed a lot of that, I think that rep kept a lot of people away. This also coincides with a general expansion of online communities like Facebook and Reddit. It is a trend across almost all web forums that activity has been decreasing since then. I am a little confused about some of the posts about buying the site. I have only ever received 2 inquiries. I will entertain offers, shoot an email to david@ this domain.
  4. 1. There's a word filter that hides slurs and f-bombs until they are reviewed. It's an easy way to keep flame wars from getting out of hand. Your post was caught because of the username you quoted (which will be dealt with separately). I just approved your post, and I run through the queue fairly frequently. 2. There are technically a few users with moderator privileges, but it's mostly me. 3. In the past, mods were chosen through elections. I'm undecided if/when elections will happen again, but proving yourself as a trustworthy person who won't abuse the mod powers can also lead to earning the role.
  5. 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?
  6. 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
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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
  9. until
    Blue Valley Southwest is a finals qualifier for the Tournament of Champions https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/index.mhtml?tourn_id=10552
  10. until
    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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    Valley is a semifinals qualifier to the Tournament of Champions https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/index.mhtml?tourn_id=10610
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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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Still lurking. I've been focused on some low visibility stuff like decreasing the delay that sometimes happens when posting. I'll have an announcement of sorts on Thursday.
  21. As many of you have probably noticed, it can sometimes take a long time to submit a post. I've made a few changes that should help decrease the delay between submitting a post and that post being accepted. Part of the problem has to do with email notifications. People can follow a thread or forum and receive an email whenever something new is posted. This makes it easy to keep on top of new content. However, it's not quick to send dozens of emails. The site has to connect to the email provider, transmit the message, and then wait for the provider to send that message on to the recipient. This process can sometimes take a few seconds, and that time compounds with many followers. To make this process quicker the site will now queue emails locally on the server. This removes the overhead of immediately connected, transmitting, and waiting. The server will immediately accept the emails and the post will be added. This is only one part of the problem, unfortunately. With hundreds of thousands of posts, the site's database has become quite large. In the past, posts would be deleted to decrease the strain on the server. This is something I never want to do because old posts may still contain relevant content. Instead, optimizations and tweaks will be made to the database server to help speed posting and the entire site up. More information coming soon.
  22. Later tonight I'll post a screenshot guide to both of those. For now, you can send me a PM with where you want a payment sent.
  23. 2/3 done. All were emailed and I'm still trying to confirm details for the rest. If I don't hear from them by the end of the week I'll start trying to find alternate contact methods.
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    Quarterfinals qualifier to the Tournament of Champions https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/index.mhtml?tourn_id=8739
  25. until
    Quarterfinals qualifier to the Tournament of Champions https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/index.mhtml?tourn_id=9800
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