[eDebate] Pre-Shirley Disclosure
Wed Nov 1 23:16:34 CST 2006
The Shirley is right around the corner. After watching the inspirational
performance of ?Scout: Adam ?Ace? Garen? on CSTV, we're looking forward to
scouting our tournament as well as we possibly can.
?We all want better debates.? Better information improves debate for
everyone. This year, its particularly true--We're all still learning from
each other how to research and debate a legal topic. The list is a
community project: It takes a big effort on the part of all participants in
the tournament to make it what it is.
This year, we?re experimenting with major change to the basic model:
Previously, we?ve withheld the list & released it only to
This year, we?re decentralizing the process: Information
is going up on a wiki as soon as we can post it. Anyone can view the
information once its posted. [The wiki will be up and running ?when its
done.? I?ll post the URL to eDebate then.]
Pre-tournament disclosure is still a condition of entry,
but this inverts the ?free-riding problem.? Everyone can see who isn?t
participating. Anyone who wants to correct free-riding can edit the list by
emailing me for permission and adding the information they have. [You can
still just email it to me] (We?ll change this basic protocol as
but we need some way to maintain a certain level of accountability.)
You?ll be able to download the whole wiki so you can read
it offline. It won?t be printable, but it will be in the form of a bunch of
smaller files instead of a giant document that crashes your computer.
If the experiment backfires, we can always revert to the
old model by making the wiki viewable only by approved members.
To facilitate scouting during the tournament, we need a good deal
of pre-tournament information. That way, everyone scouting can focus
on upgrading what we've already got & gathering new information.
You can submit your information two ways: Email it to me,
<mailto:lacyjp at wfu.edu>lacyjp at wfu.edu, or become a member of the wiki and
add your information.
Target deadline: Midnight, Tuesday, November 7. That will give us the time
to post the information so it can be of use before the tournament.
The most recent plan text(s) you've read.
Complete 1ac outline(s) with full cites [Author, Source,
Date, URL, page #s, First & Last phrases.]
2ac answers to common negative positions (including off
case args & major case arguments)
If your 1ac is not 'traditional', describe your
affirmative in as much detail as necessary to provide the opposition the
equivalent of the above. [Plus full cites for anything that can be cited --
like music or movie clips.]
Basic rule: Disclose the quantity & quality of information
you'd want from a team when you are affirmative.
Include at minimum the generic strategies you've deployed
thus far, with a complete outline & full citations as described above.
I say this every year: A good norm to stive for is MSU's
Pre-Shirley disclosure from last year at www.wfu.edu/~lacyjp
We don't expect you to disclose new arguments. Keeping ?caselist-able?
electronic versions of new arguments is a great idea.
A representative of Wake Debate has been assigned to each team entered in
the tournament. They will be in contact with your opponents, your judges
and maybe even you to gather as much pre-tournament information as
possible. We appreciate all the help you can give us in that regard.
lacyjp at wfu.edu
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