[eDebate] How I voted for the First-Rounds

A Numbers Game edebate edebate
Wed May 20 00:46:06 CDT 2009

One rating system that includes a spread-the-wealth aspect is Jon
Bruschke's system:


His system privileges large tournaments, and it does not make
adjustments for round robins. He notes:

"In my view, little is lost by not including them in ranking systems,
and much is to be gained in community inclusiveness by not having them

This is, of course, not exactly the same as what Scott Elliott suggests.

* My writing above is not meant to be a criticism of any rating system
or of the practice of holding round robins

On Tue, May 19, 2009 at 9:54 PM,  <scottelliott at grandecom.net> wrote:
> The fear of a "bad loss," at a regional tournament may deter the top
> 20 teams from particpating in a regional tournament. I think all of us
> would agree that having our top regional teams lose to a top twnety
> NDT team is more educational and more productive than many wins
> against other regional teams. If reducing the fear of a "bad loss"
> would encourage more particpation in regional debate tournaments, I
> think changes in first-round judging criteria is warrented.

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