[eDebate] Disclosure Norms - Plea for Codification

Jason Russell jasonlrussell1
Tue Mar 10 08:14:57 CDT 2009

Disclosure wouldn't be a norm then; it'd be a rule. It's a courtesy, period.
The reason mis-disclosure is so irritating is because it is discourteous. If
more people were willing to treat violations of disclosure norms with
reciprocity, fewer violations of disclosure norms would occur. That said,
there shouldn't be any need to create rules about disclosure and doing so
would likely result in NFL type rules disputes which I am universally
annoyed by. Only coaches really think that this type of disclosure
mumbo-jumbo is particularly important; it's (or should be) telling that most
debaters don't really care and think things are basically fine now.
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