[eDebate] Paperless

Andy Ellis andy.edebate
Thu Jun 25 16:36:04 CDT 2009

This is a good compromise that avoids most of my concern

On 6/25/09, Tripp Rebrovick <trebrovick at comcast.net> wrote:
> I want to echo what Jennings said:
> I would never be able to read cards off of a computer effectively (for
> example, I can't even imagine giving a 2ac against 9 off on a computer when
> the decision of what cards to read and how many is made on the fly), but
> just printing out the speech before you start seems completely easy.
> For each tournament, a team would need: a) one printer, b) no more than one
> ream of paper, c) maybe one small expando to put a 1ac and some 1nc shells
> (stuff that would be printed out several times anyway). That's about it.
> It seems like a perfectly reasonable middle ground, and solves the biggest
> "in-round" debate concerns like the one's Jennings' mentioned (marking
> evidence, cross-x about un-underlined parts of the card, and it also
> prevents teams from looking ahead) but it ALSO solves the problem of a major
> meltdown of the computer *during *the speech.
> Also: there is no need for a viewing computer (and that money could be saved
> to buy the printer), and, perhaps, only one computer would be needed per
> team, if that was necessary. Sure, sometimes both partners might really need
> the computer, but that seems true of files anyway, and obviously it would be
> a team preference.
> Sure it's not entirely paperless, but it's a pretty big step.
> My thoughts,
> tripp
> On Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 2:50 PM, Jennings, Andrew Joseph
> <ajhawk2 at ku.edu>wrote:
>> I always wondered why teams who were reluctant to switch couldn't just
>> print off what they were going to read prior to their speech. It solves
>> the
>> whole marking cards problem and makse sure no dinglehead would cheat and
>> look at a new advantage before the other team read it. Obvi teams could
>> still just read it off the computer if they wanted to- maybe just a way to
>> get other teams on board for this.
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