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bsh1
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3/17/2015 5:43:13 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Welcome and good luck to everyone!

CONTESTANTS

Competitors are listed here (with their mentor in parentheses.)

CAsmnl42 (Debatability)
WillYouMarryMe (YYW)
simonstuffles (Wylted)
That1User (Wylted)
Harder (YYW)
Sapphique (Whiteflame)
tejretics (Debatability)
Geographia (Debatability)
Skepticalone (Whiteflame)

FORMAT

Each debater as been randomly assigned a slot in the bracket (see the link below for the bracket). They will progress along the bracket until the tournament has ended. The tournament is a sudden-death style, meaning that one loss eliminates you from the event.

Due to the odd number of contestants (9 total), there are built in "bye" rounds. A bye merely means that you do not have to debate that round, but are automatically advanced. The tournament is designed such that no person could ever have more than 1 bye.

There are no assigned judges for this tournament, as I find that doing so actually reduces the chances that a debate will be voted on. Therefore, debaters are free to decide together how they want to organize the judging protocols on their debates. In the even of a tie, I will enlist someone to cast a tie-braking vote.

TOPICS

Debaters will have 7 days from the end of a round to the start of the next round to decide on a topic. Contestants have 7 days from now to decide on a topic with their assigned opponent.

If they fail to decide on a topic, a topic and sides will be randomly determined by me. They will then have 24 hours to start the debate. Mod-selected topics will be chosen from either the PF or LD topic lists (see below) and will be from the past 5 years.

MENTORS

The role of the mentor will be to help beginners with the basic rudiments of debating. A mentor should not debate for the noob, but rather they should assist the noob in developing their own ideas and thoughts and providing useful pointers for them.

No round 1 matches will pit contestants of the same mentor against each other, though as the debate progresses, this may be unavoidable. In that situation, mentors are asked to keep their commentary and assistance balanced between their noobs.

LINKS

Sign-Ups: http://www.debate.org...
The Bracket: https://docs.google.com...
PF/LD Lists (see left): http://www.speechanddebate.org...

Let the tournament begin! And, may the odds be ever in your favor.
Live Long and Prosper

I'm a Bish.


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3/17/2015 5:52:17 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Are our mentors going to contact us, or do we just do everything ourselves and contact them if/when we need help?
bsh1
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3/17/2015 5:58:01 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/17/2015 5:52:17 PM, WillYouMarryMe wrote:
Are our mentors going to contact us, or do we just do everything ourselves and contact them if/when we need help?

That's really up to your mentors and you.
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3/17/2015 6:26:06 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/17/2015 5:52:17 PM, WillYouMarryMe wrote:
Are our mentors going to contact us, or do we just do everything ourselves and contact them if/when we need help?

Out of curiosity, what former member are you?
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3/17/2015 6:47:47 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/17/2015 6:26:06 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
At 3/17/2015 5:52:17 PM, WillYouMarryMe wrote:
Are our mentors going to contact us, or do we just do everything ourselves and contact them if/when we need help?

Out of curiosity, what former member are you?

He's jifpop.
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3/17/2015 6:48:29 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/17/2015 6:26:06 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
At 3/17/2015 5:52:17 PM, WillYouMarryMe wrote:
Are our mentors going to contact us, or do we just do everything ourselves and contact them if/when we need help?

Out of curiosity, what former member are you?

My money is on Uchi.
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3/17/2015 6:56:51 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/17/2015 6:26:06 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
At 3/17/2015 5:52:17 PM, WillYouMarryMe wrote:
Are our mentors going to contact us, or do we just do everything ourselves and contact them if/when we need help?

Out of curiosity, what former member are you?

Bubbatheclown
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3/17/2015 8:04:54 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/17/2015 6:47:47 PM, ResponsiblyIrresponsible wrote:
At 3/17/2015 6:26:06 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
At 3/17/2015 5:52:17 PM, WillYouMarryMe wrote:
Are our mentors going to contact us, or do we just do everything ourselves and contact them if/when we need help?

Out of curiosity, what former member are you?

He's jifpop.

Unlikely.
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3/17/2015 8:05:16 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/17/2015 6:56:51 PM, WillYouMarryMe wrote:
At 3/17/2015 6:26:06 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
At 3/17/2015 5:52:17 PM, WillYouMarryMe wrote:
Are our mentors going to contact us, or do we just do everything ourselves and contact them if/when we need help?

Out of curiosity, what former member are you?

Bubbatheclown

Hi bubba.
Call me Vox, the Resident Contrarian of debate.org.

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#drinkthecoffeenotthekoolaid
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3/17/2015 8:06:04 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/17/2015 8:04:54 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
At 3/17/2015 6:47:47 PM, ResponsiblyIrresponsible wrote:
At 3/17/2015 6:26:06 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
At 3/17/2015 5:52:17 PM, WillYouMarryMe wrote:
Are our mentors going to contact us, or do we just do everything ourselves and contact them if/when we need help?

Out of curiosity, what former member are you?

He's jifpop.

Unlikely.

Yet possible, if only you believe.
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3/17/2015 8:14:15 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/17/2015 8:05:16 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
At 3/17/2015 6:56:51 PM, WillYouMarryMe wrote:
At 3/17/2015 6:26:06 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
At 3/17/2015 5:52:17 PM, WillYouMarryMe wrote:
Are our mentors going to contact us, or do we just do everything ourselves and contact them if/when we need help?

Out of curiosity, what former member are you?

Bubbatheclown

Hi bubba.

Hi.
This is my greatest accomplishment
http://www.debate.org...
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3/17/2015 8:52:25 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/17/2015 8:14:15 PM, WillYouMarryMe wrote:
At 3/17/2015 8:05:16 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
At 3/17/2015 6:56:51 PM, WillYouMarryMe wrote:
At 3/17/2015 6:26:06 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
At 3/17/2015 5:52:17 PM, WillYouMarryMe wrote:
Are our mentors going to contact us, or do we just do everything ourselves and contact them if/when we need help?

Out of curiosity, what former member are you?

Bubbatheclown

Hi bubba.

Hi.
This is my greatest accomplishment
http://www.debate.org...

That bubba guy's DDO Members Union was way better than the "DDO Revolution", amiright?
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3/17/2015 8:54:31 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
So, it seems like the user with whom I am matched in the bracket is not in the list of competitors in the OP. With whom am I assigned to debate?
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3/17/2015 8:55:37 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/17/2015 8:54:31 PM, CASmnl42 wrote:
So, it seems like the user with whom I am matched in the bracket is not in the list of competitors in the OP. With whom am I assigned to debate?

Me.
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3/17/2015 8:57:02 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/17/2015 8:55:37 PM, 1harderthanyouthink wrote:
At 3/17/2015 8:54:31 PM, CASmnl42 wrote:
So, it seems like the user with whom I am matched in the bracket is not in the list of competitors in the OP. With whom am I assigned to debate?

Me.

Got it. The shorter name in the competitors list threw me off. Thanks.
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3/18/2015 5:52:08 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
Anyone started debating?
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3/18/2015 12:36:33 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
ATTENTION

WillYouMarryMe has been disqualified. I am seeking a replacement for him; if I cannot find a replacement in a few days, I will modify the brackets such that Saph debates Simonstuffles Round 1.
Live Long and Prosper

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3/18/2015 12:51:58 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
ATTENTION

Lee001 has replaced WillYouMarryMe in the tournament.
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"[Bsh1] is the Guinan of DDO." - ButterCatX

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3/18/2015 12:54:53 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/18/2015 12:36:33 PM, bsh1 wrote:
ATTENTION

WillYouMarryMe has been disqualified. I am seeking a replacement for him; if I cannot find a replacement in a few days, I will modify the brackets such that Saph debates Simonstuffles Round 1.

#busted

I would de-activate to save face, but I don't want to FF all the debates I'm in.
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3/18/2015 12:57:21 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/18/2015 12:54:53 PM, WillYouMarryMe wrote:
At 3/18/2015 12:36:33 PM, bsh1 wrote:
ATTENTION

WillYouMarryMe has been disqualified. I am seeking a replacement for him; if I cannot find a replacement in a few days, I will modify the brackets such that Saph debates Simonstuffles Round 1.

#busted

You know, you could've just said I did that because I was suspicious, not because I knew for certain.

I would de-activate to save face, but I don't want to FF all the debates I'm in.

I honestly don't think this is a reason to deactivate; it's a minor hiccup that you can work past by continuing to debate well (as you're already doing) and contributing positively to the site.
Live Long and Prosper

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"Twilight isn't just about obtuse metaphors between cannibalism and premarital sex, it also teaches us the futility of hope." - Raisor

"[Bsh1] is the Guinan of DDO." - ButterCatX

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3/18/2015 12:59:52 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/17/2015 5:43:13 PM, bsh1 wrote:
Welcome and good luck to everyone!

CONTESTANTS

Competitors are listed here (with their mentor in parentheses.)

CAsmnl42 (Debatability)
WillYouMarryMe (YYW)
Lee001 (Wylted)
That1User (Wylted)
Harder (YYW)
Sapphique (Whiteflame)
tejretics (Debatability)
Geographia (Debatability)
Skepticalone (Whiteflame)

FORMAT

Each debater as been randomly assigned a slot in the bracket (see the link below for the bracket). They will progress along the bracket until the tournament has ended. The tournament is a sudden-death style, meaning that one loss eliminates you from the event.

Due to the odd number of contestants (9 total), there are built in "bye" rounds. A bye merely means that you do not have to debate that round, but are automatically advanced. The tournament is designed such that no person could ever have more than 1 bye.

There are no assigned judges for this tournament, as I find that doing so actually reduces the chances that a debate will be voted on. Therefore, debaters are free to decide together how they want to organize the judging protocols on their debates. In the even of a tie, I will enlist someone to cast a tie-braking vote.

TOPICS

Debaters will have 7 days from the end of a round to the start of the next round to decide on a topic. Contestants have 7 days from now to decide on a topic with their assigned opponent.

If they fail to decide on a topic, a topic and sides will be randomly determined by me. They will then have 24 hours to start the debate. Mod-selected topics will be chosen from either the PF or LD topic lists (see below) and will be from the past 5 years.

MENTORS

The role of the mentor will be to help beginners with the basic rudiments of debating. A mentor should not debate for the noob, but rather they should assist the noob in developing their own ideas and thoughts and providing useful pointers for them.

No round 1 matches will pit contestants of the same mentor against each other, though as the debate progresses, this may be unavoidable. In that situation, mentors are asked to keep their commentary and assistance balanced between their noobs.

LINKS

Sign-Ups: http://www.debate.org...
The Bracket: https://docs.google.com...
PF/LD Lists (see left): http://www.speechanddebate.org...

Let the tournament begin! And, may the odds be ever in your favor.
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3/18/2015 1:01:39 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/18/2015 12:59:52 PM, Lee001 wrote:
At 3/17/2015 5:43:13 PM, bsh1 wrote:
Welcome and good luck to everyone!

CONTESTANTS

Competitors are listed here (with their mentor in parentheses.)

CAsmnl42 (Debatability)
WillYouMarryMe (YYW)
Lee001 (Wylted)
That1User (Wylted)
Harder (YYW)
Sapphique (Whiteflame)
tejretics (Debatability)
Geographia (Debatability)
Skepticalone (Whiteflame)

No, you're replacing WYMM.
Live Long and Prosper

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"[Bsh1] is the Guinan of DDO." - ButterCatX

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3/18/2015 1:02:22 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
UPDATED CONTESTANTS

Competitors are listed here (with their mentor in parentheses.)

CAsmnl42 (Debatability)
Lee001 (YYW)
simonstuffles (Wylted)
That1User (Wylted)
Harder (YYW)
Sapphique (Whiteflame)
tejretics (Debatability)
Geographia (Debatability)
Skepticalone (Whiteflame)
Live Long and Prosper

I'm a Bish.


"Twilight isn't just about obtuse metaphors between cannibalism and premarital sex, it also teaches us the futility of hope." - Raisor

"[Bsh1] is the Guinan of DDO." - ButterCatX

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3/18/2015 1:06:01 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/18/2015 1:02:22 PM, bsh1 wrote:
UPDATED CONTESTANTS

Competitors are listed here (with their mentor in parentheses.)

CAsmnl42 (Debatability)
Lee001 (YYW)
simonstuffles (Wylted)
That1User (Wylted)
Harder (YYW)
Sapphique (Whiteflame)
tejretics (Debatability)
Geographia (Debatability)
Skepticalone (Whiteflame)

I'm so sorry, It's been a long day!
"Condoms are societal constructs created by the government to restrain 'Murican freedom!"-SolonKR

"But I jest and digress (sick rhymes, yo); every boob is equal in the eyes of the Lord."- SolonKR

"Oh Hey, Seeing Artichokes Makes Me Want to Have Sex."- SolonKR

"Yep, but anyone who touches my hair immediately ascends to the heavens..You're already an angel, so touching my hair can do nothing <3" -SolonKR

My hubby Hayd <3 <3
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3/18/2015 1:06:33 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/18/2015 1:06:01 PM, Lee001 wrote:

I'm so sorry, It's been a long day!

Lol...it's okay :)
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3/18/2015 1:18:55 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/18/2015 12:57:21 PM, bsh1 wrote:
At 3/18/2015 12:54:53 PM, WillYouMarryMe wrote:
At 3/18/2015 12:36:33 PM, bsh1 wrote:
ATTENTION

WillYouMarryMe has been disqualified. I am seeking a replacement for him; if I cannot find a replacement in a few days, I will modify the brackets such that Saph debates Simonstuffles Round 1.

#busted

You know, you could've just said I did that because I was suspicious, not because I knew for certain.

I mean, it's not like I was making much of an effort to hide it...


I would de-activate to save face, but I don't want to FF all the debates I'm in.

I honestly don't think this is a reason to deactivate; it's a minor hiccup that you can work past by continuing to debate well (as you're already doing) and contributing positively to the site.

I'll stick around for a bit longer.
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3/18/2015 1:20:11 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/18/2015 1:18:55 PM, WillYouMarryMe wrote:
At 3/18/2015 12:57:21 PM, bsh1 wrote:
At 3/18/2015 12:54:53 PM, WillYouMarryMe wrote:
I would de-activate to save face, but I don't want to FF all the debates I'm in.

I honestly don't think this is a reason to deactivate; it's a minor hiccup that you can work past by continuing to debate well (as you're already doing) and contributing positively to the site.

I'll stick around for a bit longer.

Cool.
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3/18/2015 2:06:30 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/18/2015 1:53:45 PM, Gmork wrote:
Is it too late to join?

Yes, but if someone drops out, I can let you replace in.
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"[Bsh1] is the Guinan of DDO." - ButterCatX

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