posted on Aug, 1 2008 @ 12:12 AM
Originally posted by Ian McLean
Perhaps a little off-topic, but with regard to the rules of the debate, two questions. First, are the rules/conventions for quoting external sources,
eg, requirements for sourcing/links, especially the 10-sentences-per-post maximum, etc., spelled out anywhere, or is that simply evolved tradition?
Evolved tradition. This is a rule that is more stringent in a tournament setting. The whole point of the debate process here is to encourage
organized discussion on a topic. With Challenge Matches, the rule are a bit less stringent...
With regards to emsed1's 'double post'...in a tournament, the second post would have been deleted, regardless of the challengers acceptance..in
this case, yours.
I find it better to allow a bit of lee way in the regards of Challenge Matches because the whole point of the Debate Forum is the interchange between
Also, I've heard the judges, in their remarks, once or twice refer to 'criteria' they're given for judging the debate; is that specified
anywhere, or does it vary from debate to debate or is it a private judges-only thing?
That is not specified anywhere. The 'criteria' they are referring to is based on my recommendations for the judging of a debate. In many cases,
the debate topic is skewed in such a way that the topic gets judged on who proves their position.
Since many topics can be subjective in that regard, I found it necessary to allow for judgment to center (not solely) on the Fighters ability to argue
That is all I can say about the judgment process. I require multiple judges per debate for fairness. I also stipulate...when asked, that the judges
take into consideration more than the 'proving' of a debate topic.
I hope this answers your question, because I simply cannot give, in all fairness, any more than that.