David Silverman Paradigm

Last changed 11/27 12:50A EDT

I am a pretty open-minded judge. Analysis, framing, and a hint of ethos will win you the debate. A few general comments and then onto my specific feelings about arguments.

 

General

-CX is important and binding, use it well

-One well highlighted and warranted card is better than three low quality one liners

-Flashing does not count as prep time

 

DA

-The more specific the better, explain how the link works

-Defend the impact well, the affirmative can often subsume a DA with their impacts

-If you can please read something which is not a Politics DA

 

CP

-Give me a good solvency debate, why is this a preferable idea?

-Make them clever, I will entertain all manner of odd solutions

-Constitutional Conventions will increase speaker points

 

K

-I like these arguments

-That being said please explain your arguments, don't read a bunch of postmodern philosophy and expect me to make sense of it

-Run a cap K with a reject alt and you will probably loose

-Run a cap K with a historical materialist alternative and you might win

-I am not persuaded by ridiculous alternatives, I will usually view the alternative as vote for the status quo because the K is a prior question to policymaking

-Do good link work and impact framing and you will be able to sell me on the alternative better

-Winning a prior question framework is important

 

T

-I generally default affirmative if they are reasonably topical

-If there is a blatant violation which is well explained I could be persuaded to vote negative

 

Framework

-Negative's best weapon against advocacy and no plan affirmatives

-If framework is questioned it becomes very important for me. A question of what we are debating about comes before the debate itself.

 

Theory

-Condo is probably not a voter as long as there is not blatant contradiction or extreme abuse of multiple worlds

-PIKs might be cheating

-Floating PIKs are definately cheating

 

Performance 

-Not a huge fan, but I will evaulate it how you tell me to

-If your strategy is to make the other team uncomfortable by using offensive or loaded terms please do not do this. Debate is a location where everyone should be able to participate and learn, don't make the other team feel inferior or threatened. 

 

Any questions just ask me!

 

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Ibis Debates at the University of Miami 12/3/2016 R1 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart DB Christopher Columbus MC Aff
The Tradition 11/12/2016 CX R5 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart DC Berkeley Prep KN Aff
The Tradition 11/12/2016 CX R3 Ransom Everglades GW Tampa Preparatory TS Aff
Sunshine State Showdown at the University of Florida 10/1/2016 NOV R4 Florida State HS Florida SS Neg
Sunshine State Showdown at the University of Florida 10/1/2016 NOV R2 Florida VS Florida State RK Aff
Sunshine State Showdown at the University of Florida 10/1/2016 NOV R1 Florida State HS Florida MM Aff
Ibis Debates at the University of Miami 12/5/2015 R3 Ft. Lauderdale SW Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart DT Aff
Ibis Debates at the University of Miami 12/5/2015 R2 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart GB Cypress Bay BB Aff
Ibis Debates at the University of Miami 12/5/2015 R1 Cypress Bay JD Pine Crest Preparatory HJ Neg