reply to post by The Vagabond
for the junior tournament:
Here are a few of my own:
1) Don't feel the need to open your debate with two paragraphs thanking the moderators, the judges, assorted greek gods, or your cat. The judges have
to read dozens
of debates. They don't care that you're grateful
. But they may be grateful if they don't have to read yet another 20
paragraphs thanking them for putting up with more being thanked.
2) Do not compose your post in a browser window
. Use a text editor, word, wordpad, word perfect, office...use windows notepad or vi if you have
to. Save it locally. Copy and paste it into your reply and make formatting and tag edits as needed. Composing in a browser window is a
way to spend hours typing only to accidentally close or refresh a window, or have a flash ad crash your browser,or have a cat jump on
your keyboard, or any number of things that can cause it to all be lost. Don't do it.
3) It is highly recommend that you learn how to use BBCodes
. These will allow you to
make links that are text instead of web addresses
cite external content in a visually pleasing manner
, create italics
text, or even italic bold
[color=F6358A]c[color=00FFFF]o[color=4CC417]l[color=FFFF00]o[color=F88017]r[color=F660AB]s, and a
variety of other useful things. Some of these can be done by clicking buttons on the compose window. Some of them cannot
. While you're at it,
check out your media center
and learn how to upload pictures, and (important) how to actually
embed them into your posts: click on the picture after having been uploaded, then scroll down and look for the "Embed on ATS" entry. It will begin
with atsimage in brackets. Copy and paste that to include an image in your post.
Use these features to make your post aesthetically pleasing
, not to make it
4) 10,000 characters is a maximum, not a recommendation. If you only have three good ideas, use those three. Don't pad your post with three good idea
and a dozen lousy ones. The good ideas might be missed. Being thorough is good. But it sometimes better to leave something unmentioned than to give an
argument that leaves the judge feeling like your Strawman Has a Point
5) Do not fall prey to Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness
. Nor is it,
strictly speaking, necessary to use thoroughly superflous sentence or grammatical structure and/or word choice, nor are redundantly or ridiculously
long run-on sentences likely to be of any particular benefit to the arguments that you are making to the judges who are reading your redundantly long
sentences that have too many words in them because they are excessively redundant to the point of being entirely too long.
If an idea is simple, phrase it simply. Don't make judges become so lost (or bored) with your phrasing that they may suspect you have nothing of
substance to say.
6) Remember that your opponent is your opponent
. Don't spend half your post showering him in praise, and don't be so sympathetic to his side of
the argument that you forget your own. At least one round has been lost in the primary competition by a participant who argued his opponent's side for
7) Paragraph indentations are your friend. Use them.
Putting every sentence on it's own line
is not your friend.
8) Remember to enjoy yourself.
edit on 15-11-2010 by LordBucket because: (no reason given)