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nickthengineer
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4/14/2010 11:06:13 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
I wish you could go back and change the voting period on your past debates (that you started of course) to unlimited so that the voting can continue. I didn't think it through when I joined DDO and in my first debate (http://www.debate.org...) I was winning until a swing at the last minute. This was probably because people could see it was ending and vote bombed whereas if the voting period was unending they may have never bothered (or at least over time it might have gotten evened out).

So I think we should be able to turn the voting period back on. I suppose you could say it's a "dirty trick" just because I lost but that's not the point. Longer voting periods tend to even out the fairness I think (but not always).

Any thoughts?
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I-am-a-panda
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4/14/2010 11:16:28 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
If you choose a voting time period, deal with it. Don't whine when you don't win because the period ended.
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nickthengineer
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4/14/2010 11:17:57 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/14/2010 11:16:28 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
If you choose a voting time period, deal with it. Don't whine when you don't win because the period ended.

It was my first debate and I wasn't sure how everything worked. I now see that longer voting periods tend to work better on average.
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nickthengineer
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4/14/2010 11:21:51 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/14/2010 11:19:52 AM, Mirza wrote:
If you have already set a limit, and it has passed, and you have lost the debate, then it is probably best to get over it.

I don't lose sleep over it but it's frustrating. I was beating InquireTruth almost the whole time but now the final vote is barely even close.
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Mirza
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4/14/2010 11:24:11 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/14/2010 11:21:51 AM, nickthengineer wrote:
I don't lose sleep over it but it's frustrating. I was beating InquireTruth almost the whole time but now the final vote is barely even close.
I understand. On all my debates, except the gun-rights one (500 character limit), I would have won my opponent not voted for himself, or his close one.
mattrodstrom
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4/14/2010 12:04:25 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
yeah... I lost my first debate.

There were 2 votes.

One my opponent cast for 7

And one someone gave me 3 for arguments.
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Korashk
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4/14/2010 12:21:25 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/14/2010 11:06:13 AM, nickthengineer wrote:
I wish you could go back and change the voting period on your past debates (that you started of course) to unlimited so that the voting can continue. I didn't think it through when I joined DDO and in my first debate (http://www.debate.org...) I was winning until a swing at the last minute. This was probably because people could see it was ending and vote bombed whereas if the voting period was unending they may have never bothered (or at least over time it might have gotten evened out).

So I think we should be able to turn the voting period back on. I suppose you could say it's a "dirty trick" just because I lost but that's not the point. Longer voting periods tend to even out the fairness I think (but not always).

Any thoughts?

I didn't read the debate you linked to, but if you look at the votes most of the ones that look like votebombing went to you.

At 4/14/2010 11:24:59 AM, InsertNameHere wrote:
I personally don't like the indefinite voting period, but that's just me.

I also don't like a never ending vote. This is specifically because I can't ever consider myself to have 'won' or 'lost' that debate, I'm only currently winning or losing. That's why the voting period for all of the debates I create is one week. From what I've observed there really isn't much action on a debate much longer than that anyways.
When large numbers of otherwise-law abiding people break specific laws en masse, it's usually a fault that lies with the law. - Unknown