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Stating your inexperience...

Kleptin
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12/24/2009 10:32:54 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
...and making specific note that you are challenging a top debater during your debates, is a pointless act.

It does not show deference nor respect. In fact, it is actually somewhat disrespectful to the person you are debating.

In making deliberate note of the imaginary "handicap" you face as a new participant deliberately going up against a "high ranked" debater on this site, you are essentially playing down a possible win by your opponent and cushioning your own possible loss.

Examples:

http://www.debate.org...

http://www.debate.org...

Experience on the forum does not dictate debate prowess and is meaningless in and of itself. Suffice it to say, noting a difference in experience as part of your R1 is also meaningless. The only plausible explanation for incorporating this into your R1 is to garner sympathy points for the "underdog" and as such, I will be penalizing the Conduct category for anyone who does this.

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GeoLaureate8
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12/24/2009 10:48:00 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Agree.

When I first joined this site, I was looking for the best, most rational, nihilistic debater on the site and chose Ragnar_Rahl, lol. (I went according to profile summaries.) I chose that criteria because of the debate topic: http://www.debate.org...

But when I challenged him, I did not state inexperience or anything to expect a handicap. I came at the debate expecting to win.
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GeoLaureate8
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12/24/2009 11:06:37 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Actually, after looking at the debate, I did the complete opposite. I warned my opponent that I'm tough to beat, lol. XD
"We must raise the standard of the Old, free, decentralized, and strictly limited Republic."
-- Murray Rothbard

"The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is, not to be skillfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended."
-- Frederic Bastiat
Rezzealaux
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12/24/2009 11:11:09 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
I don't mind. If they can pull off something win while wasting characters on something like stating their inexperience, their case becomes pretty boss.
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12/24/2009 11:39:52 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Agree.

Flattery distracts the debate. I won't go as far as penalizing conduct, but I dislike flattery in the context of debate.
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LeafRod
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12/25/2009 12:17:27 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Disagree. Seriously, it's two or three lines of text. Not really a big deal, especially since the intent seems to pretty largely be innocent and definitely not worth even considering taking a point away.