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GOP
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7/4/2013 7:06:33 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Is it OK for the instigator to tell the contender to not make any arguments for the final round to "keep things even"? To understand what I am saying in depth, check out this debate: http://www.debate.org...
DakotaKrafick
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7/4/2013 7:19:15 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 7/4/2013 7:06:33 PM, GOP wrote:
Is it OK for the instigator to tell the contender to not make any arguments for the final round to "keep things even"? To understand what I am saying in depth, check out this debate: http://www.debate.org...

In my opinion, yes, in cases where the instigator is the one who does not have the burden of proof. So the contender spends his first round doing more than just saying "I accept"; he spends it presenting his arguments. Because of that, in order to prevent the contender from having one extra round of argumentation/rebuttals, he acts as though he has no last round.

Round 1P: Instigator presents debate; he is Pro and has the BOP.
Round 1C: I accept.
Round 2P: Argue.
Round 2C: Argue.
Round 3P: Argue.
Round 3C: Argue.

Each side had two rounds of argumentation.

Round 1C: Instigator presents debate; his opponent is Pro and has the BOP.
Round 1P: Argue.
Round 2C: Argue.
Round 2P: Argue.
Round 3C: Argue.
Round 3P: Skip; each side has already had two rounds to argue.
bladerunner060
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7/4/2013 7:25:36 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I agree with Dakota, however, if I may suggest a slight difference in presentation for clarity?

Round 1P: Instigator presents debate; he is Pro and has the BOP.
Round 1C: I accept.

Round 2P: Constructive argument.
Round 2C: Rebuttal.
Round 3P: Constructive argument/counter rebuttal.
Round 3C: Rebuttal.

Each side had two rounds of argumentation.


Round 1C: Instigator presents debate; his opponent is Pro and has the BOP.

Round 1P: Constructive argument.
Round 2C: Rebuttal.
Round 2P: Constructive argument.
Round 3C: Rebuttal.

Round 3P: Skip; each side has already had two rounds to argue.

The ultimate goal is to prevent the side which has the burden of proof from making any new "last round" arguments that CAN'T be rebutted, because there are no more rounds. Since they have BoP, they may "make their case" on something trivial and stupid just because their opponent never got the chance to respond to it. The goal is for every argument to get (at least) 1 chance at rebuttal.
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