[eDebate] Technology and debate

Zompetti, Joseph jpzompe
Thu Aug 7 09:54:19 CDT 2008

I agree with JP.  This is a serious problem.  While I cannot prove it, I judged a debate last fall where a coach (who recently graduated) was watching a round with one of her teams.  Of course, I have no problem with that...in fact, I encourage it if folks have a round off.
However, during the debate, the coach was frantically texting on her cell phone while one of her debaters appeared to be checking their email or IM's or something.  Again, I can't prove it, but it looked suspicious.
The point -- whether it actually happened or not -- was that it COULD have happened very easily.  We really need to address this as a community.
Joseph Zompetti

Joseph P. Zompetti, Ph.D.
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From: edebate-bounces at www.ndtceda.com on behalf of JP Lacy
Sent: Wed 8/6/2008 11:02 PM
To: matthew farmer
Cc: edebate at ndtceda.com
Subject: Re: [eDebate] Technology and debate


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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