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wiploc
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12/9/2012 12:50:25 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
I gave this RFD:

Reasons for voting decision: Pro neglected to state a resolution. They had a nice discussion, but there was no topic of debate, nothing to be proven or refuted. Pro had the burden of proof, but there was nothing to prove. Persuasion to Con. Wait, Firstguy is Con, so persuasion goes to Secondguy, since firstguy didn't have a resolution and therefore couldn't meet the burden of proof.

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Does this seem like a fair way to treat the matter? I've run into a couple of debates with no resolution just today.
baggins
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12/9/2012 8:43:40 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 12/9/2012 12:50:25 AM, wiploc wrote:
I gave this RFD:

Reasons for voting decision: Pro neglected to state a resolution. They had a nice discussion, but there was no topic of debate, nothing to be proven or refuted. Pro had the burden of proof, but there was nothing to prove. Persuasion to Con. Wait, Firstguy is Con, so persuasion goes to Secondguy, since firstguy didn't have a resolution and therefore couldn't meet the burden of proof.

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

Does this seem like a fair way to treat the matter? I've run into a couple of debates with no resolution just today.

I agree with your vote completely. However in cases where the instigator makes the purpose of the debate clear in R1, it should be OK to ignore poorly worded resolutions.
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drafterman
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12/9/2012 9:33:01 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
It's up to the instigator to provide a resolution. Thus a failure to provide a resolution should mean a loss for the instigator, be they pro or con.