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UtherPenguin
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6/6/2015 12:41:10 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
I've suddenly realized how low my win ratio actually is.

What are some tips on how to debate better?
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Biodome
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6/6/2015 12:53:45 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
I guess experience is what counts most here. You could also try looking up good debates by the members of this site, especially those who are on the top of thee leaderboard. Also you can check the Hall of Fame, where you will find debates of good quality. You can use those as examples for perfecting your technique.
Wylted
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6/6/2015 3:01:15 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
The issue I have with hall of fame debates is that the best debates don't necessarily make it there. Two people could come on and debate an excellent debate, it be their only debate and they just disappear afterwords and it would never make it into the HOF. Even if it's the best debate this site has ever seen.

RFDs are a good place to start. RFDs tell you what the judges were looking for. It tells you what judges are looking for. Pay special attention to the judges unspoken biases as well, because those effect whether you win or lose as well.

Most of the debates I've lost fall into two categories, though about 3 fall outside of those categories.

I've lost about 2/3 to just not caring. Either I outright forfeited or just debates half heartedly, ridiculously half heartedly. Up to 1/3 of those are due to not paying careful enough attention when crafting a resolution. It's important you take the time to look at the resolution and make sure, you're actually getting the debate you want.
Midnight1131
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6/6/2015 4:33:09 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Specific to your situation, you should take more serious debates, because debates like the one below won't help to increase your win ratio or your elo score.

The example:

http://www.debate.org...
#GaryJohnson2016
#TaxationisTheft
#TheftisTaxation
PetersSmith
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6/6/2015 5:18:11 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 6/6/2015 12:41:10 PM, UtherPenguin wrote:
I've suddenly realized how low my win ratio actually is.

What are some tips on how to debate better?

Be someone else.
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RevNge
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6/6/2015 6:27:10 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 6/6/2015 5:08:45 PM, FourTrouble wrote:
Nominate judges biased to your side.

Sources: Experience
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6/6/2015 6:35:40 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
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6/6/2015 6:37:43 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 6/6/2015 6:37:08 PM, RevNge wrote:
At 6/6/2015 6:35:40 PM, 16kadams wrote:
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"A trend is a trend, but the question is, will it bend? Will it alter its course through some unforeseen force and come to a premature end?" -- Alec Cairncross
16kadams
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6/6/2015 6:41:25 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 6/6/2015 6:39:24 PM, RevNge wrote:
At 6/6/2015 6:37:43 PM, 16kadams wrote:
At 6/6/2015 6:37:08 PM, RevNge wrote:
At 6/6/2015 6:35:40 PM, 16kadams wrote:
spam [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10].

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2. JMK
3. spammers
4. zmikecuber
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"A trend is a trend, but the question is, will it bend? Will it alter its course through some unforeseen force and come to a premature end?" -- Alec Cairncross
PetersSmith
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6/6/2015 6:51:33 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 6/6/2015 6:35:40 PM, 16kadams wrote:
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2. JMK
3. spammers
4. zmikecuber
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~Mark Twain

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"Don't believe everything you read on the internet just because there's a picture with a quote next to it."
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RevNge
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6/6/2015 6:52:15 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 6/6/2015 6:41:25 PM, 16kadams wrote:
At 6/6/2015 6:39:24 PM, RevNge wrote:
At 6/6/2015 6:37:43 PM, 16kadams wrote:
At 6/6/2015 6:37:08 PM, RevNge wrote:
At 6/6/2015 6:35:40 PM, 16kadams wrote:
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1. me
2. JMK
3. spammers
4. zmikecuber
5. I dunno spam stuff
6. https://www.youtube.com...
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