Ian Mooers Paradigm

Last changed 9/12 1:18A CST

As a debater, I qualified for nats twice and I got to some late out rounds/a few bid rounds my senior year.  I debate primarily in Oklahoma, but I was always trying to travel, so don't let my home state fool you too much.  I experimented with a lot of different styles, and I prefer no one style over other styles.


As a judge, I believe that the most interesting rounds are the rounds that debaters engage in strategies that they think they're best at - but like all judges, I have some ideological biases.  In general, I think debate rounds should be agonistic (i.e. the best arguments come to the surface by virtue of arguing).



yes.  I will yell clear three times and then start docking your speaks.  Slow down for tags, authors and important arguments.


- I default to CI if I'm not told otherwise

- Unless you're exceptionally good at it, I get bored with very theory-heavy rounds, especially ones with few structural abuse claims.  

- Weigh, weigh, weigh.

- If I can't flow your spikes, it’s not an argument.

Policy args

yes. a good LARP round is fun


I went for T in a large percentage of my neg rounds during my senior year. I presume that affs should be topical, but this isn't necessarily a preference.

That being said, I also have read affs that the strategy was to bait T/impact turn T.  I tend to agree with affs on topicality when they straight up go for impact turns/do not pretend to be topical MORE THAN I agree with affs that straddle the line (for example, an aff that says 'you can vote for me for a topical voter AND a performative voter' usually was less convincing than an aff that said 'screw the topic, vote for the performance voter').  That is not to say that I have a preference for K over T - your old Giroux cards are boring (I talked to the dude on Facebook, he told me T is a voter).



I think a lot of the people I prepped with concerned me a 'K debater' because usually my job was to cut strats against kritiks.  I think I've read a good section of the literature, but what I like about K debates the most is the big-picture explanations of contrasting theories.  Please explain your cards, explain your jargon, or else you're boring.

Anything else

I expect you to flash cards to your opponent.  I rarely (if ever) took prep to flash as a debater, so I would appreciate it if you do the same.

Cross-flex is completely up to the debaters.  I won't dock your speaks or find you less persuasive if you refuse to answer questions in prep time (given that you didn't ask your opponent questions in prep time).  Sometimes, it might be strategic, so do it.

Getting good speaks from me is all about being strategic.  I view debate as a game of chess (with words).  Of course, strategy may include being a more persuasive speaker, or arguing that I (as a judge) have a specific duty to fulfill.  

For Oklahoma

The worst debates in Oklahoma happen when people try and present 'progressive'-ly structured arguments in a 'traditional format'.  If you're going to parametrize, read a plan text.  If you're going to read a reps K, read arguments that talk about the role of the debate space, not a value and criterion.  Otherwise, your arguments are incomplete, and I don't know how to evaluate them.




Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Event Rd Aff Neg Vote For Result
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD R6 Palo Alto BH West GG Aff Palo Alto BH
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD R6 Strake Jesuit CP JH Collegiate KY Neg Collegiate KY