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GOP
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6/20/2014 9:56:23 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
So, I had maintained a perfect DDO record until I lost this debate: http://www.debate.org...

The major issue was that I was Pro and I didn't present my arguments (considering that Pro bears the BOP usually). Like, seriously. I felt really embarrassed after I made that mistake. I mean, how was I not supposed to know that? I acted like a newcomer. Now, if I had put my resolution as "The Bible is flawed" and labeled myself as "con", then my opponent would have had the BOP.

And if you look at all my other debates, then you will notice that most of them were newcomers. Only a couple of them were actually experienced with debating.

Is there anything else that I should have done?

The bottom line is that I think my debate skills are pretty bad.
Mikal
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6/21/2014 2:20:36 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/20/2014 9:56:23 PM, GOP wrote:
So, I had maintained a perfect DDO record until I lost this debate: http://www.debate.org...

The major issue was that I was Pro and I didn't present my arguments (considering that Pro bears the BOP usually). Like, seriously. I felt really embarrassed after I made that mistake. I mean, how was I not supposed to know that? I acted like a newcomer. Now, if I had put my resolution as "The Bible is flawed" and labeled myself as "con", then my opponent would have had the BOP.

And if you look at all my other debates, then you will notice that most of them were newcomers. Only a couple of them were actually experienced with debating.

Is there anything else that I should have done?

The bottom line is that I think my debate skills are pretty bad.

Your debating skills are fine. You just had an impossible topic to defend. Literally you were almost arguing against a truism. That does not correlate do your debating skills
Blade-of-Truth
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6/21/2014 3:44:45 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/20/2014 9:56:23 PM, GOP wrote:
So, I had maintained a perfect DDO record until I lost this debate: http://www.debate.org...

The major issue was that I was Pro and I didn't present my arguments (considering that Pro bears the BOP usually). Like, seriously. I felt really embarrassed after I made that mistake. I mean, how was I not supposed to know that? I acted like a newcomer. Now, if I had put my resolution as "The Bible is flawed" and labeled myself as "con", then my opponent would have had the BOP.

And if you look at all my other debates, then you will notice that most of them were newcomers. Only a couple of them were actually experienced with debating.

Is there anything else that I should have done?

The bottom line is that I think my debate skills are pretty bad.

I'd agree with Mikal, you are a good debater. We live and learn. If it bothers you that much, a good plan would be to study that debate - try to formulate a solid defense against the points you were defeated on - and then tackle the topic again. That's the beauty of debate, you can either improve and overcome, or concede and admit that your arguments cannot logically hold up in a debate. The choice is yours to make :)
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GodChoosesLife
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6/21/2014 10:25:25 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/20/2014 9:56:23 PM, GOP wrote:
So, I had maintained a perfect DDO record until I lost this debate: http://www.debate.org...

The major issue was that I was Pro and I didn't present my arguments (considering that Pro bears the BOP usually). Like, seriously. I felt really embarrassed after I made that mistake. I mean, how was I not supposed to know that? I acted like a newcomer. Now, if I had put my resolution as "The Bible is flawed" and labeled myself as "con", then my opponent would have had the BOP.

And if you look at all my other debates, then you will notice that most of them were newcomers. Only a couple of them were actually experienced with debating.

Is there anything else that I should have done?

The bottom line is that I think my debate skills are pretty bad.

Mijo, your a great debater! I just viewed that one you did with Mikal, and I'm gonna tell you I can't even debate like that. So if there is anyone who has bad debating skills here, it is me. Not even lying. But, if you think your not doing well, the more practice, the better :) ( I didn't thoroughly read the debate just kind of skimmed through it though, but even still, everything seemed legit from what I saw. I'll go reread.)
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Wylted
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6/22/2014 12:23:19 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/20/2014 9:56:23 PM, GOP wrote:
So, I had maintained a perfect DDO record until I lost this debate: http://www.debate.org...

The major issue was that I was Pro and I didn't present my arguments (considering that Pro bears the BOP usually). Like, seriously. I felt really embarrassed after I made that mistake. I mean, how was I not supposed to know that? I acted like a newcomer. Now, if I had put my resolution as "The Bible is flawed" and labeled myself as "con", then my opponent would have had the BOP.

And if you look at all my other debates, then you will notice that most of them were newcomers. Only a couple of them were actually experienced with debating.

Is there anything else that I should have done?

The bottom line is that I think my debate skills are pretty bad.

Con wouldn't have saved you, in my opinion. If you instigated, you're getting the BOP. There are exceptions to this rule.