[eDebate] Plea for Random Judging

Joel Rollins jd.rollins
Mon Sep 30 12:42:08 CDT 2002

I am in agreement with Jeff, except that I would like to know the
feasibility of striking a certain percentage of the judge pool.  I know that
at a small tournament, such as districts, this is an impossibility.  But is
there a "magic number" or percentage of the pool that a team could strike
and still make the tournament work?  or what about a 15% strike pool through
the first 4 prelims and then once a team is out that they have 10 or so
strikes that are always in effect.


> From: "Jeff Parcher" <parcherj at mindspring.com>
> Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 11:54:19 -0400
> To: <edebate at ndtceda.com>, "Ross Smith" <smithr at wfu.edu>
> Subject: [eDebate] Plea for Random Judging
> To Ross et al:
> The idea of having random judges with 10 or so strikes is a fabulous one. As
> a long time supporter of mutual preference judging, I have recently come to
> change my mind.  Mutual preference is now, I believe, the single greatest
> structural threat to our community.  As Ross has already alluded, it is
> leading to ideological rigidity.  Teams may now literally become good at a
> single argument (whether it's poltix+cp or perfromance or something else)
> and be assured of a favorable judge for every round in which they choose to
> run those arguments.  The effect on both judges and teams has been to divide
> our community and prevent the natural dialectical process by which we learn
> to compromise and grow.  I think it has also over-politicized the process of
> judging, leading to judges who simply do not listen to arguments which are
> not in their "sphere".  The recent dicussion is evidence for this.  No
> matter where you are on the political spectrums of debate - we should all be
> able to agree that our activity CANNOT be benefited by judges who simply
> refuse to listen or by an educational process in which teams shun any ideas
> that do not fit into their preconceived notions of what a good debate
> argument looks like.
> JP
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