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  1. It's a testament to the users that still come here that this place hasn't devolved into shitposting That said, new gif for all to save
  2. Honest question, are there ANY mods left or did David strip everyone of mod powers in the name of reorganization?
  3. He has, he just turned off the setting for showing when he's active. It's probably really been about 4 months or whenever he last announced in a thread he was drafting rules for the site.
  4. Tbh that wouldn't accomplish much in terms of mitigating framework offense. It's functionally an aff choice counter interp that's already a common subset of the K aff framework debate, which still links heavily to predictable limits, stasis, and ground arguments. It really just makes a vague reciprocity argument to justify why it solves. I don't think that having it be negotiated among debaters in an informal manner and then publicly released changes much in that regard. To be the most inclusive, the interp still has to be enormously broad to the point of no resolution. And if it's too exclusive, there's an obvi TVA argument against any not included K aff that they could just read an acceptable k aff.
  5. Derrida makes an argument that prescribing action universalizes a particular ethic, violently overriding others, and ofc advocates for deconstruction. tbh I know I butchered explaining that, am tired. Separately, the COMPLEXITY K. And K's of prescriptive reasoning are built into a lot of security K link modules. And legal K's often have those modules to them. The exact arg depends on the K.
  6. I'll say up front, don't do pen drills. They're worthless and unnecessarily uncomfortable. I'll start with some tips then tell you drills. Your biggest first task is working on clarity and speaking clearly. Slow down as you need to in order to stop stumbling and stuttering. Oftentimes when debaters force themselves to go faster than you can, they make so many speaking mistakes that they end up slower. Always do drills at a pace that you can do well. Think about it like lifting weights. You don't start lifting by loading up a ton of weight, you can't do it and it doesn't give any results because you can't do it. Always stand. Diaphragm blah blah. Don't try to understand what you read. The biggest trick to spreading is speaking without processing information. That's why parts of cards that are supposed to have emphasis have visual cues like boxes and/or bold text. It slows you down to consider what you're reading. Similar note, never practice with the same file or the same part of a file. Doing the same cards over and over just builds your muscle memory for those cards. Last tip, do drills every day. You won't get better at anything if you just do it once in awhile or when you feel like "oh crap I need to do this" at random times. Drills to do: - Over-enunciation. Pronounce every single syllable as clearly and with emphasis. The goal here is to beat out slurred speech. Be slow and clear. - 'a' drill. Say 'a' between every word in a text you're reading. This is to separate yourself from what you're reading. - Backwards drill. Read cards backwards. Like "the united states" is "states united the." This also helps distance yourself from what you read. A bigger point about speaking is it isn't the most important thing. Efficiency is the real key of being a fast debater. Cut out filler words and make arguments in the shortest, but still content filled, way possible. You can speak at 500 wpm clearly, but if I'm only writing something down like every 30 seconds, you're not giving an effective speech and will get lower speaks regardless. All in all there's a point where you're fast enough and then it's about efficiency and being strategic. Eventually you'll plateau at a certain speed. That's okay, everyone does and everyone has a cap at different speeds. A) that doesn't mean stop doing drills, you should always aim to sound good and be at a competitive speed, make sure you're efficient.
  7. ButteredMuffin

    Evazon

    I've had files pending for months even after messaging and getting replies
  8. Originally posted in misc but didnt see it come up in home page feeds. Hi, I'm Colin. I'm offering up my services as a virtual coach. Been in debate for a decade, 3 years debating in high school, 4 years in college, 3 years coaching in college at GMU. I'm comfortable with every skill level, but I most enjoy working with jv/novice debaters. I'm comfortable with arguments from varying ideological camps, though most familiar with the policy side of things. I started debate in old school rural Texas debate, so I know how to coach on less progressive circuits as well. I'm more interested in helping with skills development than just handing over files. Things this would entail: - Strategy/prep discussion - Argument discussion - File/research direction and review; includes sending articles to cut for files, identifying weak points, direction on file formatting, and other things - Practice speeches (redos, shotgun speeches, etc) - Weekly video chats to do one or more of the above items (~1 hr long) - Available by email or messaging most of the time (gotta sleep and do other things) Things this would not entail: - Tournament travel (unless circumstances permit) - Providing or cutting cards/files for you. I may toss a handful of cards your way to help round out a file or because I got excited about something I read, but really, this isn't included and shouldn't be expected. My intention is skills building (coaching), not feeding evidence. - Unprofessional communication. There will be no personal phone or social media communication. All communication would be over cross-x, email, or slack (I'll create a slack for people i coach) and using jitsi.org for video chat. A caveat here is I want to speak to parents before starting any payment or services. This is all about maintaining a professional working relationship. - Coaching a whole squad altogether. I guess it could happen if partnerships all signed up with me, but coordinating whole squads is like herding cats and, to be frank, I'm not interested. Pricing: - $180/month for a single student - $220/month for a partnership In an effort to make my conclusion on pricing both transparent and objective, here is how I came to those numbers: - Between the hour long video meeting, file review, discussions that happen over messaging/email, and research I assist you with, I'm approximating that to be about 3 hours a week. - I think $15/hr is fair, so $45/week - 4 weeks a month, boom, $180 - Partnerships mean 2 people and likely needing to do video meetings for each individual or extended video meetings for both together, so slight increase in price that in reality is a discount to individual students. I recognize you are all high school students who may even have to pay with money you earn with your own jobs. I'm happy to discuss special circumstances on pricing to meet you partway. Don't try to take advantage of me and lie, I'm trying to be helpful. Feel free to ask questions in this thread, but DM me if you're interested.
  9. I like this post. I largely agree with it and admit any disagreement I do have could be considered exceptional. One way to potentially mitigate the race to the absurd is through topic selection. There is a lot of hate toward narrow topics generally, one in particular that comes to mind is the college healthcare topic, derided as the "single payer" topic because the wording was fairly narrow to primarily that aff (I'm not talking down to you, explaining to the high school members). However, because of limited scope of affs to read, DA's, CP's to read, etc, I judged some in-depth case debates. Even with critical debates I judged, there was a lot of depth to the history of healthcare and discussion of the details of how it's operationalized now. Watching the Democratic primary "debates," I was simultaneously angry at the sheer lack of depth any candidate could get into on healthcare issues (we're in debate, we know a minute is enough to answer cost of medicare for all questions with 5+ points) and in awe thinking of debates I had judged at even the novice and JV level that had significantly more meat of discussion to them because of a topic that lent itself to case debates because of the structural constraints to be had. I can think of a number of debaters who at 18 or 19 years old could have given better responses or outright shown up people vying for the presidency. A lot of the evidence on that topic was fantastic as well. Admittedly, the healthcare topic may have been the goldilocks topic for timeliness and social pervasiveness. The information overload is a good and bad thing. The expectation of ridiculously high levels of research also has the effect of leading to deeper discussions on singular issues. Debate before computers became the norm valued analytics more highly (which is good and a skill that would be useful to deconstruct frankensteined economics arguments like you mentioned), but it by nature privileged spin over research. While I think the former is better for skills development, the latter is better for knowledge. Of course, this isn't to say that you're wrong. The move by a lot of teams is to just horizontally spread rather than vertically spread, moving to the absurd outskirts of the topic. A lot of teams A big downside like you mentioned is mental health, which matters far more than any kind of skills development or pedagogy. It's not just the ideologies, but the absurd work commitments necessary to succeed are extremely stressful. For anyone who wants to be competitive, doing debate work is at the forefront of everything. If the average pace that people consider the goal for card cutting is 5 cards an hour (varies), you're looking at something like 10-20 hours to pump out a new DA (a bit less if you have backfiles to cover the impact section). Could you do that in a week? Sure. But you also have classes, sleeping, eating, and some kind of recreation to do in there as well. Not to mention other debate-related activities; gotta do team meetings, practice speeches, speech redos, etc etc etc. God forbid you also need to have a job to get by, sounds like someone is gonna miss out on going to district because they let debate slip and couldn't get some assignments submitted or they let school slip and their GPA has them ineligible. There is a good example of a squad that knows how to do more with less. University of Mary Washington keeps a small squad, but manages to be nationally competitive by a) having stellar coaches and b) honing in on a few core arguments that they develop continually, focusing on depth and the substantive strength of arguments. Admittedly, they adhere to the policy side of debate, but they've kept themselves above the proliferation of "gotcha" arguments.
  10. I've been interested in trying to acquire it. Talking to David with my compatriots didn't get too far, negotiation fizzled out. This was a few months ago. I've also mentioned to David I would be interested in working as an administrator for the site and managing it for him. Given I made an attempt to create an alternate using the same platform, I know how the site works and have some big ideas on expanding it. I've messaged him a handful of times about this since the site purchase proposal, but I haven't heard back from him at all.
  11. tbh I don't. Haven't dealt with an arms sales topic before. Chances are you can find a lot of those cards in camp files, especially in K answers or framework files in the TVA sections. I recommend doing your own research before waiting on camp stuff to fully come out. Best way to look at those files is to fill gaps in your files, not to rely on them. With personal research, you'll learn more about the topic and how you want to debate it, you'll know your aff better, and you're more likely to find something unique to include in your aff. If you want evidence about militarism and military policy, you should look at the college 14-15 caselist for the military topic. BUT (big but), this is most useful for generics for like answering K's and impact work. Specific always > generics. While I'm thinking about it, a note on writing the 1ac. As you find more, especially as camp files come out and there's bound to be at least one or two ban arms sales affs, you'll be inclined to include as many diverse arguments as possible in the 1ac. Don't. Keep it simple. US militarism impact (aim for structural violence-esque impacts to let you get more clash against util DA impacts), global spillover argument, then broader militarism impact, and militarism root cause of war, solvency mech, and something that's useful to add on to structural violence plan text affs is a discourse-based argument about taking stances against militarism or something. Framing the round outside of the plan gives you some more leverage against DA impacts by refocusing the impact debate to in-round representations before substantive impacts.
  12. It doesn't really matter what the K is if it's remotely topic related, you'll have the same perm argument that you eliminate a core facet of how the US exports militarism globally, obvi would be in conjunction with the alt. The big question is if you can hit home the solvency arg that state actions are needed to change violent policies like arms sales. Most dangerous kind of cp is like what I said, pics. Besides that, people will fall back to agent CPs with politics or whatever. Process CPs are other generics to watch out for. You'll link to pretty much every DA. That's fine. Your game plan against DAs with this kind of aff is to win on the impact framing debate, win aff impacts turn DA impacts, and critique the DA impact. The uniqueness/link portion of the DA is less important. I think an argument to look out for is "other countries fill in." Big thing here is that you should have US arms sales bad specifically, like maybe we use arms sales to leverage a dangerous agenda, US arms cause x impacts, whatever. The next thing you should try to have is a global spillover solvency argument. Maybe a US ban increases credibility of anti arms sales agreements, or gives US leverage to countries that relied on US arms. One thing to look forward to is if someone decides to jump right into arms sales key to heg. Have that impact turn debate prepped tf out. Your aff gets there but this is a great place for a 2ac dump. You want to force that to be the neg block and maybe 2nr option because of the offense you can garner off of it.
  13. Quick question, if the other team read a T argument against you in the 1nc that said it would be abusive to make that no link argument, wouldn't you still make a counter interp argument that would justify that interp? Like if you read a single weapon system aff, a team would read substantial reduce T and say that you could no link a relations DA because your aff is too small to link. You would clearly read a counter interp saying that your single weapon system aff would be a substantial reduction, which would justify those kinds of no link arguments. My point is that T isn't static and you should have an interpretation of T that justifies those kinds of arguments. THEREFORE, if they don't say you're untopical or have an interpretation that would make you untopical, why would you say you're untopical? There hasn't been an interp in the debate saying you're outside of the topic. When the neg doesn't question your aff's topicality, then presume the aff is unquestionably T. Make the no link arg, don't say that it makes you untopical.
  14. Make it topical. DCS and FMS compose all of US arms sales. Say ban all DCS and FMS, be ready to defend that "substantially reduce = eliminate." Target your offense on US militarism being bad with impacts about US militarism being specifically bad (so fill-in arguments don't thump your impact) AND that US arms sales fuels global militarism (get that internal link to solving global arms sales ready). You're way more likely to lose to "US should ban all arms sales" as a topical version on a T debate than you are to lose to a "other countries fill in" or generic topic DA. Biggest threat is actually just PICs more so than nit picky solvency arguments or common DAs you can prep the hell out of, so be ready on a) ending ALL arms sales necessary to solve the aff and b) PICs bad theory. Best way to prep for PICs is to check out DAs from the camps and on the eventual caselist to see what country-specific or equipment-specific DAs exist and then try to have an impact turn debate/k of impact debate ready to go.
  15. I'm not sure what you mean by conservative arguments. State action good, defenses of liberalism (the economic system, not the questionably applied term to political parties), defenses of US military force, climate skepticism, prioritization of economic impacts, market solutions to linear or systemic problems (a big part of the education topic was charter schools), etc etc. Framework arguments, identity/experience focus bad arguments, non-state action bad arguments, etc are all mainstream and acceptable. If you have judges who don't like procedural framework, cool, answer the case and read a state action CP instead of a TVA with your topic action or state action DA and case offense as net benefits. Common arguments that have persisted for a long time that could be branded as "left" would be things like US hegemony/militarism being bad (which could be a fiscal conservatism argument), climate change, economic justice, etc. K debate has even been around since the early 90s, the first K read being a Critical Legal Studies argument. Identity critiques have been around for 10-15 years. The big differences now are a generational turnover to coaches/judges who won't outright refuse to vote on critiques, identity critiques specifically, and the refinement/elaboration of this area of Ks. And yet, the conservative arguments listed above are still mainstream and acceptable in debate. Simple truth is that if you feel like these arguments are being boxed out because your opponents are like "that's offensive," of course they'll say that. It's apart of the argument they're making and it's apart of the emotional and moral appeal of their argument. If judges are telling you that you're being offensive, then it's an argument packaging problem. No argument is unbeatable. The critique, especially identity critiques, are approached by young debaters as insurmountable and confusing etc etc. That combined with the aggressive/emotional presentation of a lot of K debaters makes it look like impossible and almost taboo to debate against some of these arguments. My tips: 1) Get familiar with the arguments you plan to debate, understand the basic structure and core claims they rely on, prep for that. More importantly, understand why these arguments feel necessary beyond branding every k debater as someone trying to exploit a particular cause. 2) Make effective use of your cross-x. Pin the other team down to reduceable core parts of their argument that you have to beat and focus your answers there, particularly framing arguments intended to be a barrier to you getting to weigh your offense (once you get past a framing argument or two, you're more than likely down to just an impact debate). I promise you that most Ks don't have more than like 5 or 6 core parts that underlies all of their offense. Some arguments entirely hinge on 1 core claim (example being ontology-based identity Ks) and if you focus on that, then suddenly get to talk about state engagement/inclusion, your impacts, etc in a substantive way. 3) Get thicker skinned and a bit more detached without being apathetically offensive. Chances are if your opponent is branding anything you say as offensive without much other substance in answers, then they're likely in a corner with how to answer that argument (unless you're legit being offensive). If you get upset that you're being called some kind of "-ist" then you've reacted exactly how your opponent wants you to.
  16. You should look for interps that describe specific actions that are minimally required to be substantial in context of topic specific phrases. This can be numerical, but cards that describe specific portions of FMS or DCS(?) as significant, such as particular weapons systems, countries, international agreements, etc etc etc. This establishes a clearer baseline for a) what the best neg ground looks like/gives a clearer story for WHY your minimal action is necessary for core topic discussions and core ground, b) makes it easier to sidestep the overlimits debate by saying "we could do the aff so long as this action is also done" (which makes your TVA debate simple as well). You should otherwise set up your limits DA with cards that outline the number of countries we deal with, number of agreements we have with individual countries (giving one country as an example is fine, the point is showing that we have a variety of overlapping arms deals with each country), and number of items considered arms for arms sales. I want to specify that the best/most contextual "substantially" cards are actually specific topic phrase interps like "x agreement is the core of foreign military sales, necessary for a substantial reduction."
  17. 2 things: 1- You shouldn't strive to design T arguments on the negative to be accommodating to the aff. Your framing argument for T on the neg is competing interpretations. By definition your goal is to provide the most limited interpretation of a word or phrase in the resolution to provide the best predictable limits for a topic. An important thing to remember is that while yes, the aff will have some kind of aff education good argument, your impact on the negative is fairness. So even if the aff wins some risk of offense from an education-based standard, you can win that debate with impact framing/comparison between fairness and education. 2- substantially violations aren't usually persuasive unless you have topic-specific interp/violation cards. Otherwise the aff saying "this is arbitrary, here's a card saying substantially means x%" is pretty easy to listen to. So this will either be a matter of research for you or a waiting game to see what debate camps put out (though typically words that aren't topic specific just get copy/pasted backfile cards from college debaters/coaches doing camp assignments).
  18. Quick distinction in mod v admin powers. Mods can only manage content on the front end of the website (within whatever allowed permissions). Stuff like forum creation is all admin control panel stuff. David can't hand out those powers without also enabling a user to be able to basically control the entire site. That said, topic came out around the new year and he's been active since. For the sake of this topic's request, @David should be tagged.
  19. I like how the topic title says that you're sorry and the topic content is finger wagging. I say this as someone who didn't participate in that thread at all.
  20. If your parents are still a hard no, ask your coach if it would be acceptable if you got direct instruction from someone with college coaching experience throughout the summer. I'd be happy to help and try to rally a couple of people to pitch in. While a) it would be virtual, b) you wouldn't really be able to do practice debates (unless we could specially arrange something), and c) not be constantly engaged (I work and have kids, so definitely some lag in response/aid outside of video chat practice speeches), it's worth noting that almost no one at the collegiate level does camp and somehow many manage to have big gains in skill over the summer doing functionally what I'm offering (meaning cutting cards with oversight+direction, doing practice speeches/drills, watching debates/lectures online and discussing them with someone, and talking/thinking about debate generally.). Sidenote: kind of crappy and elitist that you HAVE to spend a big chunk of money over the summer in order to travel. That's pretty unfair and why I'm offering. Sidenote #2: I'm not asking for money, seems like a just cause. Also why I can't offer to be fully engaged. Sidenote #3: This past season was my third season coaching college. Not way out of the activity or anything.
  21. Typically domain registrars give grace periods reserving the domain for a handful of months to whomever purchased the domain if a payment isn't made. Though service would be down during that period. Also, decent chance that any kind of IP civil suit would go David's way. Domain squatting has been legally dealt with a good while ago and while I don't think that the name cross-x is trademarked or anything, there's definitely some basic legal protection given that the site has been firmly established for 2 decades. Basically, this is not a very pragmatic idea that could stand to turn out bad for whomever tries it. Looked into this. Didn't come to an agreement at this point. Though I won't go into more detail because I and the others who were talking with him agreed not to (a stipulation we offered).
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