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debatability
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6/28/2014 4:16:20 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Just wondering...
Is voting on debates an obligation for regular members of debate.org?
If someone asks you to vote on a debate, what is the best way to turn them down?
I personally would rather not vote on debates, and I'm just wondering if that is acceptable.

For me, I would get very stressed trying to make the right decision, and I certainly wouldn't want to cause a conflict with a member over my vote. I also feel like I don't have enough experience to vote well. I've judged at a novice Lincoln Douglass debate competition, but even then I felt like I had no idea what I was doing.

Any opinions would be appreciated:)
Mikal
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6/28/2014 4:17:29 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/28/2014 4:16:20 PM, debatability wrote:
Just wondering...
Is voting on debates an obligation for regular members of debate.org?
If someone asks you to vote on a debate, what is the best way to turn them down?
I personally would rather not vote on debates, and I'm just wondering if that is acceptable.

For me, I would get very stressed trying to make the right decision, and I certainly wouldn't want to cause a conflict with a member over my vote. I also feel like I don't have enough experience to vote well. I've judged at a novice Lincoln Douglass debate competition, but even then I felt like I had no idea what I was doing.

Any opinions would be appreciated:)

you don't have to vote, nor are obligated too

its great if you decide too though with lack of voting problem already XD

but if you don't want to, you are not required too
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6/28/2014 4:36:53 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
It can take time to learn how to vote well and to develop your own paradigm. My suggest would to be to do some voting on DDO and/or IRL, just to get used to it--though you're not obligated to do so. Being a judge actually give you a different perspective on debating that helps you become a better debater, IMHO.
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6/28/2014 7:48:27 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Best way to turn them down... "Thank you for the invite, but I must decline voting on this one."

A problem with voting will always be people getting butt-hurt over not all votes being in their favor, and the horrors of some votes not being enough in their favor.
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6/29/2014 1:55:46 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/28/2014 4:36:53 PM, bsh1 wrote:
It can take time to learn how to vote well and to develop your own paradigm. My suggest would to be to do some voting on DDO and/or IRL, just to get used to it--though you're not obligated to do so. Being a judge actually give you a different perspective on debating that helps you become a better debater, IMHO.

Makes sense. I think I'll judge in a few more competitions IRL before I start voting on DDO. I feel like formal novice debaters tend to not get as upset about losing as some of the people on this site, lol.
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6/30/2014 3:15:39 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/29/2014 1:55:46 PM, debatability wrote:
At 6/28/2014 4:36:53 PM, bsh1 wrote:
It can take time to learn how to vote well and to develop your own paradigm. My suggest would to be to do some voting on DDO and/or IRL, just to get used to it--though you're not obligated to do so. Being a judge actually give you a different perspective on debating that helps you become a better debater, IMHO.

Makes sense. I think I'll judge in a few more competitions IRL before I start voting on DDO. I feel like formal novice debaters tend to not get as upset about losing as some of the people on this site, lol.

Lol...that's probably true :)
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6/30/2014 3:39:43 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/29/2014 1:55:46 PM, debatability wrote:
At 6/28/2014 4:36:53 PM, bsh1 wrote:
It can take time to learn how to vote well and to develop your own paradigm. My suggest would to be to do some voting on DDO and/or IRL, just to get used to it--though you're not obligated to do so. Being a judge actually give you a different perspective on debating that helps you become a better debater, IMHO.

Makes sense. I think I'll judge in a few more competitions IRL before I start voting on DDO. I feel like formal novice debaters tend to not get as upset about losing as some of the people on this site, lol.

It really depends on the person. I think people are generally less likely to chew out their judges in person just because it's more personal, and partially because said judge can say something to the MC of the tournament about that particular debater if they get too high strung about it. Most novices are pretty intimidated by judges, so they normally won't contradict you, they'll just ask for more information. It's the open debaters - especially the good ones - you have to watch out for. They get really snippy when a decision doesn't go their way.