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Jordan56
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3/8/2012 6:14:10 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Hey All. So I decided to post how I came about finding this site and why I joined and decided to stay.

So It was last year in November. I had to write an essay comparing a vegetarian diet vs. a meat based diet for my nutrition class. As most of us do, I decided to do research on the internet and soon stumbled upon one of the debates from this site based on my topic. At the time I just gathered some info, looked at the links provided and wrote my essay. I never had a single thought in mind to join this site. After I did the essay, I thought about DDO and figured that it will be a cool community to join and could also help me improve my skills in debating and communicating. I joined, and it was really fun; reading debates, playing mafia, and writing in forums. That is what I really do on here. I'm not a debater so if you want to easily win a debate, come by me; lol.

So, that is basically how I got here. You can share your own stories and how you found this site and why you decided to join. Enjoy!
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3/8/2012 6:19:09 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I too found this site through researching a paper but i wasnt looking for any debate in particular, the objective was to find a place similar to TED.com where there is a community of (mostly) informed individuals sharing information but do so in a dignified fashion unlike youtube or any typical forum place on the internet. DDO came up and I immediately dove right into it and learned how to debate just about anything. 5 months later along with 160 debates I now routinely devote time out of my day just for DDO
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3/8/2012 6:20:06 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I looked up debate and this came up...
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3/8/2012 6:27:07 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Well....let's see....I have no idea how I originally ended up here.....but, I'm geussing I was bored one day and...there you go
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3/8/2012 6:27:11 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I was researching socialism on the Internet (using the Google machine) and came across a debate by J.Kenyon and Danielle on the matter. Here it is. http://www.debate.org... Gotta say it was pretty uber impressive.
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3/8/2012 6:29:45 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I cant wait to hear FREEDO's story
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3/8/2012 6:33:22 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I found a debate on the negative income tax through Google on DDO, so I joined somewhat later.
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3/8/2012 6:43:23 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I just searched debate.com or debate I think. I knew I would probably get a site that was for the purpose of debating and that's what I got.

It's funny I could have been as senior a member as Daniel, as around 4 years ago I was going to do the same thing. Not sure why I didn't, but it's probably good because I would have absolutely sucked, and the chances of me still being on this site would be low.
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3/8/2012 6:47:18 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
First debate I viewed http://www.debate.org...
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3/8/2012 6:49:26 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
PC (PeacefulChaos) told me to join so I did. :P
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3/8/2012 6:56:38 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I was looking for the Commission on Presidential Debates (www.debates.org). I typed in debate.org by mistake and stumbled on to this gem of a site....
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3/8/2012 6:56:51 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 3/8/2012 6:20:06 PM, 16kadams wrote:
I looked up debate and this came up...

I did this also. However, it was a lot longer than most of us would think. I came across the site in early August of last year. I quickly came to love the site, but did not actually join for a long while. While debates were held, topics debated, mafia games held, I watched it from my computer and not joining. I finally created an account in December and have loved the site ever since.
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3/8/2012 7:04:38 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I actually found this site in december 2010 searching for a website for debating....but I didn't join because the contract was intimidating.

I came back again in July 2011 and then joined. :p
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3/8/2012 8:05:33 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 3/8/2012 6:14:10 PM, Jordan56 wrote:
Hey All. So I decided to post how I came about finding this site and why I joined and decided to stay.

So It was last year in November. I had to write an essay comparing a vegetarian diet vs. a meat based diet for my nutrition class. As most of us do, I decided to do research on the internet and soon stumbled upon one of the debates from this site based on my topic. At the time I just gathered some info, looked at the links provided and wrote my essay. I never had a single thought in mind to join this site. After I did the essay, I thought about DDO and figured that it will be a cool community to join and could also help me improve my skills in debating and communicating. I joined, and it was really fun; reading debates, playing mafia, and writing in forums. That is what I really do on here. I'm not a debater so if you want to easily win a debate, come by me; lol.


So, that is basically how I got here. You can share your own stories and how you found this site and why you decided to join. Enjoy!

I found this site pretty much the same way. I was looking up information on why cheerleading was/wasn't a sport and found this debate: http://www.debate.org...
I looked at quite a few debates, and joined within the next hour, literally.
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3/8/2012 8:44:12 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Googled "NATO presence improves the lives of Afghan citizens".

Found this debate: http://www.debate.org...

Thought: "LOL what losers". Joined the site a few months later, for the sole intended purpose of trying out my cases before I debated them, which I never actually did. Just became a member of the site :P
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3/8/2012 8:54:53 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I found this site on one of my Google escapades.

I lurked around as an unknown noob, learned how things worked and then jumped in.

i've been hooked ever since...
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3/9/2012 9:23:19 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
I haven't even been on here that long, but I feel like I've been here forever.
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3/9/2012 9:27:31 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Looking for a change of venue (got bored with my old forum) and searched for a new one. This was the only one that was remotely comparable.

Truth be told, I'm getting bored of this place too. Might be time to move on.
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3/9/2012 9:49:48 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
You know, I don't actually remember. Like everyone else, it was Google that brought me here, I just don't remember the particular debate. I didn't know the forums existed for a long time. I was kind of a douchebag when I first came :p
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3/9/2012 10:09:20 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
How long ago was it? Probably a year or so.

What happened is that I had this whole social life that I was maintaining, and everything was going swimmingly. However, my professional life took a turn and I was offered a permanent position a few states away. I uprooted myself for what ended up being a fairly bad decision.

As a result, the people I surrounded myself with were suddenly absent, and the only person left with whom I could discuss things that interest me like science and politics was my gf. Well, as we all know, women are always right, so that became tiresome quickly.

So, I googled "debate forum" and found several. There are two of which I've remained a permanent member, and this was one of them. I remained attached because they harbor the best conversations of the lot. As far as organized debate is concerned, I somewhat like it, but don't like it here, and I prever a good conversation to an official debate any day.
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3/9/2012 2:25:34 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I was researching SSM and found this.
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3/9/2012 2:38:51 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I came to this site about 3-4 years ago when I was a sophomore in highschool. I was doing reasearch on the "felons ought not vote" topic, found a debate here, and used someones case. Well that case I found here got me 1st place at that tournament, so I created an account and became an active member here. I have been off and on for the past few years as far as activity goes, but I do owe a lot to this site and it's members. When I first joined I was a jack mormon conservative kid who was exxtremely ignorant. Since joining this site most of my beliefs have changed and I feel a lot happier as a person who has beleifs independent of those I grew up with.
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