[eDebate] Technology and debate

JP Lacy lacyjp
Wed Aug 6 23:02:40 CDT 2008


I listed some "rules" in an off the cuff manner & there is almost no 

JT's Marxist argument is a strong one: Sometimes teams rely on what they 
see as holes in resource rich squads work. A surprise position gives 
them a leg up, even if its only a one trick affair. Are things really 
more fair if we let the resource rich (who may enjoy better internet & 
database access) exploit their advantage even more?

I honestly don't know if anyone has an answer to the "cheating" DA, 
other than the honor system.

I know no one wants to cheat to win, but what happens when competitive 
pressure really comes to bear?

I do *hope* we never enter the "electronic coach" age, but do we have 
any way to enforce these rules other than our own pride?


JP Lacy wrote:
> Basic rule: No outside assistance while you are debating. (Food & other 
> sustenance exempted)
> 1. IM: No IM that gives you assistance. Not even a "Go fight win!" Best 
> to stay off of chat to avoid appearance of impropriety.
> 2. Research during debates: Do it! If you can beat your opponents 
> arguments with a few minutes of online research, more power to you. No 
> rule stops you from running to the library, using the card catalog, 
> buying a newspaper, reading a book you have in a backpack, or reading an 
> article you have saved on your computer. I don't see a good place to 
> draw this line other than "no research other than your own during a debate."
> 3. Home server access: Yes, as long as it doesn't violate the "Basic 
> rule." If you can find cards in your off-site electronic backfiles, good 
> for you. Just don't accept help from others telling you where to look. 
> Don't use new files posted to your server after the debate has begun.
> I really don't know how to enforce & verify these basic rules. I just 
> think they're basic rules. If everyone complies, no problem. If problems 
> arise then we can revisit the "Basic rule" & forbid people from internet 
> access during debates. I hope it doesn't come to that.
> Do people actually go outside the "No outside assistance" rule these 
> days? If things escalate to the point where every team needs an 
> "electronic coach" during debates, then we'll have a whole mess of 
> problems to deal with. Best to leave the rule as it stands.
> --JP
> matthew farmer wrote:
>> I've been thinking about something for a while and I think that the 
>> community should probably discuss it.  What are our standards/what 
>> should they be for the use of the internet and other communication 
>> devices in debate.  Can you cut cards during a debate, can you talk to 
>> people on im even if it's not about debate, should debaters have their 
>> wifi on during a debate at all?   Should debaters be able to access 
>> their deabte servers during a debate, should that be the only thing 
>> that they can access?  If we come to a consensus on the appropriate 
>> behavioral standards, how might we enforce and verify them?  Even if 
>> it's not possible to fully enforce new rules, should we enact them 
>> anyway in an effort to establish and codify a community norm?
>> play nice...
>> farmer
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