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What are reliable sources?

RainbowDash52
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6/10/2014 8:15:22 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
What is the standard for determining if a source is reliable here? Or is there no standard and it is just subjective? Since 2 out of the 7 points for voting are about the reliability of sources, I thought it would be a good question to ask.
ChosenWolff
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6/10/2014 8:16:16 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/10/2014 8:15:22 PM, RainbowDash52 wrote:
What is the standard for determining if a source is reliable here? Or is there no standard and it is just subjective? Since 2 out of the 7 points for voting are about the reliability of sources, I thought it would be a good question to ask.

Don;t bother. Source points have been jacked from the start. Use choose winner. You wont use points unless you cite blatantly wrong sources.
How about NO elections?

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progressivedem22
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6/10/2014 8:28:58 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/10/2014 8:15:22 PM, RainbowDash52 wrote:
What is the standard for determining if a source is reliable here? Or is there no standard and it is just subjective? Since 2 out of the 7 points for voting are about the reliability of sources, I thought it would be a good question to ask.

There are a few criteria I use in handing out source points, if I even hand out source points--and, most of the time, I just vote on arguments.

First, I want to see that the debater used a high quantity of high-quality sources. If I see paragraphs on pontification and baseless assertions that reads like an opinion essay, I'm not too thrilled with the piece as there's nothing to substantiate it--though that largely bears on arguments, as well.

Second, it's important that the sources not be agenda-based or known for lying. Good examples include Koch-funded organizations (Cato, AEI, etc.), the Tax Foundation, etc. Granted, I may let a lot of this slide if the other debater doesn't point out the bias in the sources.

Third, I'm looking for proper usage of sources. Simply copy and pasting information isn't enough. I'd like to see not only that the person uses a good amount of good quality sources--let's say they cited the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, a few academic journals, and some government websites--but that they put them to good use. That is, they didn't use them, as the saying goes, like a drunkard uses statistics (for support, not illumination), but to underscore their analysis.
nayme
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6/10/2014 8:55:06 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/10/2014 8:15:22 PM, RainbowDash52 wrote:
What is the standard for determining if a source is reliable here? Or is there no standard and it is just subjective? Since 2 out of the 7 points for voting are about the reliability of sources, I thought it would be a good question to ask.

If it's on Google, it's reliable.

If it's not on Google, it's probably trying to sell you drugs or child pornography.