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JSamuel

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About JSamuel

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    Samuel Oakes
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    Guymon High School
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    ooAAoo
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    Guymon, OK

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  1. I agree with what the above poster said, but one other thing I would like to add is pre-tournament warm-ups. I've noticed that my spreading improves drastically if I just read a few cards for practice while I'm on the bus going to the tournament. It's not much, but you'd be surprised at just how helpful a warm-up can be, especially when it's right before a competition. Is it just me, or does anyone else notice that their spreading is better during the last round of the day? I always feel sluggish during the first round, but the last round feels like straight fire.🔥
  2. The first thing I would do is find a great article. It sounds like I'm being sarcastic, but I'm serious. Many Kritiks have literally one article or one author that the entire thing is based around. Find something or someone that says why openmindedness is vital, and why voting for it in the round will create real-world change. If you can find that information, then that's a start. And a really good start at that. Cut the cards and make a file, then try to make some answers for later speeches and you should be good to go. Writing a K is probably one of the most difficult things you can attempt in debate, so good luck!
  3. You double triple posted, and your posts said literally the same thing. Just edit your posts.
  4. BUMP: I'm still down for a V-Debate. I've had some good ones on this site, but I still have some stuff I want to try out. Just PM me or reply to this post.
  5. Although I disagree with most posters who claim that "debate has been destroyed," I must say, your dedication to providing us with informed, rational information is like a breath of fresh air. Take an upvote.
  6. What if I live in Africa?
  7. What is updog?

  8. First, in cross-ex, don't let them get away with using convoluted terms. If they use a phrase such as "dialectical materialism" or something like that, stop them right there and make them tell you what that means. If it doesn't make sense to you, continue to ask until you understand it. Usually, if you ask the right questions, you can show how your opponents don't really understand their kritik much better than you do. Second, use open evidence. If you guys are class 3A, most of the Ks you see will be straight out of open evidence. For example, if your opponent is running the Psychoanalysis K, just find the Psychoanalysis K file in open evidence, look for the "Aff Answers" section, and boom! Most of your basic K answers will be right there, and you don't even have to understand the K to use the answers in round. Third, study up. Just check out a few camp files on some common Ks. Read the Alts. This will help you tremendously. EDIT: I just thought of a forth thing I highly recommend doing. Find yourself a good old, classic kritik - like the Cap K - and cook it up with your partner and run it yourself. I'm sure that everyone on this site can agree that actually running a kritik is the best way to learn about kritiks. And, since Ks are highly effective, you'll probably get some Ws along the way. That's what I call a win-win.
  9. There is no reason to change the status quo. The uniqueness and freedom of argumentation is what makes the activity of debate the "art" that it is. I, among many others, appreciate this, as you admit in your post. Why then, would we change it? The real problem is this: How do you propose this genuineness is enforced? Because enforcing genuineness - something which is determined by extremely subjective standards - would in itself be more harmful to debate than allowing this "non-genuineness" to continue, just as it always has.
  10. Thanks for the response. 1. It's not that I want to be accommodating, it's just that my current "Substantially means 2%" interp card makes it to where literally zero affs meet my violation. I would run it, but I don't want to deal with the abuse arguments, such as "name 5 affs that meet" and such. 2. I have extremely specific violation cards that I've already found. But you're right, I won't be able to get any sort of specific interp until the camp files are released.
  11. I've been scouring the internet, searching for topicality evidence that says, "Substantially means 1%." I'm trying to make a non-abusive Substantially T for the arms sales resolution. If anyone has this interpretation card, I'd be willing to trade. I have an entire Dropbox full of evidence.
  12. David,

    We appreciate the job you've done in years past, but life goes on, and your activity on the forums has decreased.  Appointing some new moderators would allow you to maintain control without having to do any of the work yourself.  If you choose moderators who genuinely care about the activity of debate, Cross-X could thrive yet again.

    If you're not interested in selecting new moderators, then please consider selling the website.  Cross-ex has been a great resource for debaters, and I, along with the rest of this community, don't want it to die.

    With respect,

    Samuel Oakes

  13. As far as I can tell, I don't have permission to create forums - I only have permission to create topics within the forums.
  14. I'm not sure how everything on this site is run, but could we get a moderator to delete the "Immigration" forum and create an "Arms Sales" forum? This would be appropriate, seeing as how the new debate resolution for the 2019-2020 season is focused on arms sales.
  15. JSamuel

    I'm sorry.

    From the perspective of an outside observer, it looks like you are in the wrong. If you really want to apologize, then apologize without pointing fingers and maintaining your original standpoint. What you did is what someone would do who doesn't want to apologize at all. It seems like you started the entire "K vs Policy" cock fight. You may think you're trying to help people find common ground, but they already had common ground until you started this whole thing. So you have no inherency, if you know what I mean.
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