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Mimshot
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2/10/2012 10:52:50 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Well, I didn't vote, and I can't read the minds of those who did. I do have three suggestions for you though that might improve things in the future.

1. Too many points
You kind of ran into a wall-of-text problem with your 15 points. With that many contentions in a debate it is not really possible to address any of the satisfactoraly. Next time pick two or three that you think are your strongest.

2. Trouble with sources
You failed to point out that your opponents sources were of questionable reliability. Many of them were from anti-abortion propaganda sites where they just stated dubious facts without any references of their own. For example on the cancer point, he cites two sources. One of the sources makes no mention of cancer and the other cites the first as its reference. Instead you tried to argue that you had more sources. It's not a vote; your sources need to be better not greater in number.

3. Talking past your opponent
You made some good points in your introduction, but when your opponent raised objections to them (for example he said medical procedures are not like alcohol) you just reiterated your original points without responding to the criticism.

Anyway, that's my $0.02. Take 'em or leave 'em.

Also, don't you owe me an opening statement? ;)
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2/10/2012 10:57:51 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 2/10/2012 10:52:50 AM, Mimshot wrote:
Well, I didn't vote, and I can't read the minds of those who did. I do have three suggestions for you though that might improve things in the future.

I understand. Thank you for reading and criticizing.
1. Too many points
You kind of ran into a wall-of-text problem with your 15 points. With that many contentions in a debate it is not really possible to address any of the satisfactoraly. Next time pick two or three that you think are your strongest.

I was trying to do it but one, there were many points brought up by my opponent, and two, there were many points to cover.
2. Trouble with sources
You failed to point out that your opponents sources were of questionable reliability. Many of them were from anti-abortion propaganda sites where they just stated dubious facts without any references of their own. For example on the cancer point, he cites two sources. One of the sources makes no mention of cancer and the other cites the first as its reference. Instead you tried to argue that you had more sources. It's not a vote; your sources need to be better not greater in number.

That makes sense. Two questions. One, aren't most sources supposed to be biased, especially on abortion, and two, were a significant amount of my sources biased.
3. Talking past your opponent
You made some good points in your introduction, but when your opponent raised objections to them (for example he said medical procedures are not like alcohol) you just reiterated your original points without responding to the criticism.

Ahh. I see.
Anyway, that's my $0.02. Take 'em or leave 'em.

Thanks for your comments. I appreciate them.
Also, don't you owe me an opening statement? ;)
I do owe you a statement. Yes. I will try to have that posted tonight.

This was my second debate on here ever, and it was against a very good opponent, so I thought this would be a great learning debate. Thank you for your 2 cents.