Ben Jablonski ParadigmLast changed 2/21 7:09P CDT
Fairness is an impact and affs should have plans
I do not like T against affs with plans
Higher threshold for voting / rejecting a cp on theory
The long paragraphs below are my general leanings when judging a debate -- all of this goes out the window with uneven debating
Top Level Stuff
1. Send a doc after the round with the relevant cards. If you find yourself speaking for 20 consecutive seconds in any speech from the 1ac to the 1ar without a card, something has gone wrong.
2. Framing contentions -- I am not a good judge for framing contentions that just say util bad, consequences bad, predictions bad, nuclear war isn't bad; the neg should go for a DA and case
CPs and theory
States, international, multiplank, multiactor, pics, CPs without solvency advocates are good
Process CPs are good when grounded in topic literature. I do not have a predisposition on theory here.
Condo -- Aff teams seem too scared to extend it. A lot of times it truly is the most strategic option.
Advantage counterplans are underutilized - I feel people either stop fiat-ing a dozen planks too early, or they forget about all of the planks except for one or two
I'm apprehensive about kicking the CP for the neg
The flow is important. 7 minute overviews will never be a good idea. You've probably answered their args somewhere along the way, but it sucks
FW should be a small investment of time -- I will weigh the aff in most situations
I think the aff should defend the hypothetical implementation of a topical plan. Most affs in these debates have little to no offense. I think fairness is the best impact, and other neg impacts link to aff offense that I don't think links to fairness. In these debates, the impact turns rarely make sense to me. You must have a reason that the process of debating the topic is bad not just a reason that the topic itself is bad.
Not a big fan - I'd prefer just about any other debate
Reasonability -- i think this could / should be the first minute or two of the 2ar, explain how reasonability turns all of their limits, ground or predictability arguments. I find substance crowd out to be true. I think it outweighs the minimal difference between the two interpretations.
I will not vote on arguments about things that happened outside of the round.
I am not a fan of spreading bad arguments.