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Voting Mikal, but make your own choice.

Ragnar
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12/12/2014 2:42:43 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
Preamble
First off, if I had two votes I would vote both Bladerunner and Mikal. Unlike real politicians, they each seem to have the best interests of those they wish to represent in mind. I trust either to do a fantastic job.

Second, the best tool for deciding is likely http://www.debate.org...
Supplemented by the Google Doc debatability made: https://docs.google.com...

About Me
Pick your favorite Ad Hominem attack, and imagine it right here applied to me.
I'm the monster under the bed. The jerk who clicked "report vote," causing your perfectly good fluff session to be deleted. Apparently I wear magic sunglasses to look through women's clothing, and a watch I which tells me if someone else is lying (I still don't understand how that's supposed to work), and I dip my hat in heart's blood to maintain it's color.

There's probably people you like and dislike in support of or in pure opposition of both Bladerunner and Mikal (or at least their VPs). Weighting votes based on who supports who, is not a good idea. So please take the time to read their platforms, and consider the ups and downs to each.

My Decision
To me they are mostly tied. One or the other comes ahead on this area or that, but only by small margins. I disagree with both on certain things. I see weaknesses in both campaigns. There are two factors which combined break the tie for me...

I only made my voting decision last night, when my finals at university were basically done (had an easy one left for today). It took a careful reading of both campaign platforms, and a light skimming of the support threads.

I'm a business major (Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management). I strongly suspect if elected Mikal will fall short of his goals, since they can't be done. Can't be done, doesn't mean can't be tried. A lot of changes in how things are done, come from people who don't know something has already been proven to be impossible, finding a new angle to come at the problem and accomplish it. He's enthusiastic, and I want to see how far that motivation will carry this site.

The other factor predates it, and made me have to put such consideration into my vote. Before this election started I was going to be firmly in support of Bladerunner, and if reelected I will do what I can to support his continued presidency. Imabench as Mikal's VP was a curve-ball, one the immediately left me crossing my fingers Bladerunner would also nominate him for VP as well. Imabench posts funny videos that raised my enjoyment of this site. He is offering to continue to do that. It's not as small a thing as it initially seems. Funny YouTube videos could attract more members to this site, more members equal more debates, and debates are why we're here.

What you should do?
Read up on Bladerunner's platform: http://www.debate.org...
Read up on Mikal's platform: http://www.debate.org...
Then vote.

Also Bladerunner wrote a book, please take a minute to nominate it for publication (doesn't cost you anything): https://kindlescout.amazon.com...
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Ragnar
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12/12/2014 11:30:38 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
Next Election
Behind the scenes I pushed for the platforms to be consolidated using Google Docs, so that the campaigns would each be easier to understand, rather than so far spread out. I am hoping such works out for next election... Here is a sample of what I think it should look like (tabs are at the bottom): https://docs.google.com...

Key information (only the most comparable), answers to questions, links to their campaigns, and when voting comes an updating tally.
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12/12/2014 11:36:57 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
"Imabench as Mikal's VP was a curve-ball, one the immediately left me crossing my fingers Bladerunner would also nominate him for VP as well"

Would that even have been legal?
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12/12/2014 5:14:57 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 12/12/2014 11:36:57 AM, imabench wrote:
"Imabench as Mikal's VP was a curve-ball, one the immediately left me crossing my fingers Bladerunner would also nominate him for VP as well"

Would that even have been legal?
I can't imagine any rule against it, so long as you were to consent.
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12/14/2014 12:38:20 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
I was worried the first time I saw someone refer to having "voted against" either candidate, a vote for one should not be viewed as against the other. My fears have been confirmed, as the quality of arguments have gone down a slippery slope into some seriously ugly territory.

As a reminder...
At 12/12/2014 2:42:43 AM, Ragnar wrote:
There's probably people you like and dislike in support of or in pure opposition of both Bladerunner and Mikal (or at least their VPs). Weighting votes based on who supports who, is not a good idea. So please take the time to read their platforms, and consider the ups and downs to each.

What you should do?
Read up on Bladerunner's platform: http://www.debate.org...
Read up on Mikal's platform: http://www.debate.org...
Then vote.

Also Bladerunner wrote a book, please take a minute to nominate it for publication (doesn't cost you anything): https://kindlescout.amazon.com...
Unofficial DDO Guide: http://goo.gl...
(It's probably the best help resource here, other than talking to people...)

Voting Standards: https://goo.gl...

And please disable Smart-Quotes: https://goo.gl...