Kaija Snyder ParadigmLast changed 1/17 10:43P CDT
jan 13 20
TL;DR: Do whatever you're in for. Don't care if or where you sit/stand. I'm good with speed. I like everything but I pref more progressive stuff and I'm bored of theory (which is maybe a product of inexperience/a lack of complete understanding: I didn't go to camp and my circuit experience is generally ~3 tournaments/year). I default to offense/defense/util. Magnitude of impacts should be adjusted to the standard (assuming it's not some variation of util) but if you don't do that work understand that I won't either. Put me on the email chain (email@example.com). Don't read graphic depictions of sex abuse in front of me and don't be an asshole. I'm not going to time you. She/her/hers.
Experience: I graduated from Neenah (WI) in 2016. My freshman and sophomore years, I debated v e r y sporadically in PF, and transitioned to LD as a junior to compete much more seriously and competitively in and out of WI for the rest of my career. I started coaching Neenah post graduation and am now one of three coaches there. I coach all of Neenah's LDers. I occasionally work with our policy kids & PFers.
My prefs: I am in for anything that isn't fucked-up (as in, offensive/discriminatory--I'm cool to vote for debate bad and death good). I'll flow it all and I'll yell clear (although I don’t especially like to) if nec. You do you however you do you best. I don't feel especially warm (or cold) towards any particular argument. I pref progressive rounds; I'd rather judge a kritical round than a traditional one but it isn't like I'm less apt to vote for traditional constructives.
The only thing I'd really rather not have to vote on is theory, simply because I'm bored of it and tired of evaluating rounds on arguments I feel educate no one and waste everyone's time (par consequence I'm pretty receptive to RVIs).
I was not super progressive as a debater, namely because that change didn’t reach my judging pool when I was in high school, but I do appreciate that style more as a judge/coach. In that effect, I am not well-read on k literature. If what you’re reading isn’t relatively common, please explain maybe 10% more clearly (I do still encourage you to read it).
I’m good with speed. I would like to be on email chains (firstname.lastname@example.org). I would generally consider myself a hyper-specific 9.1/10 on the speed scale.
I'm not about to rank arguments/styles BECAUSE I want that to be your decision and I am not into confining or shrinking your education in this space. I mean it when I say I'm good for it all.
Your prefs: I suggest preffing me high if you fall somewhere in the middle of the scale that is proper and progressive debate, pref me somewhere in the middle if you’re running something incredibly dense that requires extensive background knowledge, and strike me if you’re running something you don’t understand yourself or if your general strat includes being an asshole to your opponents (I am R E A L L Y not about that; be nice).
Et cetera, et cetera:
-I am neither ungenerous nor generous with speaks. I think I do a decent job of donning what you deserve.
-That said, if you’re an asshole I will substantially dock your speaks. If you can’t control your round without being condescending there is something wrong.
-I didn't go to camp, my students don't go to camp, my teammates didn't go to camp, and no one who coached me went to camp. I don't have a terribly strong grasp on more nuanced mechanics, particularly those surrounding theory. If I'm judging you in elims/a bubble round, dumb those arguments down for me a little & spend the last 30 seconds or so writing my ballot for me PLEASE
-If you are an experienced debater and you choose to make it unnecessarily difficult for a novice or someone who clearly has less experience to learn something from the round, I will dock your speaks. Win the round without discouraging novices to continue debating or going completely over their head with material and inhibiting them from taking anything away from the round. That's hard to watch and I am not about it.
-I flow CX.
-I'm down w flex prep.
-I do not care if you sit or stand during speeches. Stop asking :).
-I'll obviously tank your speaks if you're offensive or MEAN (like, I'm not kidding)
-I think I'm marginally more receptive to 1% solvency/probability arguments than other judges
-It weirds me out when you try to shake my hand before/after a round
-Please stop twisting around in your seat to look at me during your opponent's speech: it's annoying & weirds me out
-Probably the only contentious part of this paradigm: If you don't give a trigger warning for something that obviously deserves a trigger warning AND give your opponent (& me) the chance to respond (like, don't give it after the AC starts, ya?), I will probably automatically drop you, whether your opponent brings this up or not. I'm a giant proponent of making this space more inclusive and that is not the way we do that. I'm not about to facilitate a round in which you give people panic attacks against their will.
-Which means: Do not read anything that includes graphic depictions of sexual abuse OF ANY KIND in front of me (like, I'm talking more performance-y stuff). I won't flow you, I'll drop you, you'll get a 20 (or less). I cannot impartially evaluate those arguments. Don't be that person. If you wanna challenge me/that & have a chat about it, okay, cool, but do it well before the round starts.
-Please understand whatever you’re running before you run it in front of me. It crushes my soul to see people run things I know well poorly.
-I enjoy dense fwks and wish LDers (& all events) would interact with them more.
-Impact calc please :)
-I'm late to a lot of shit, please feel free to head into the room well before I arrive
-On disclosure theory: Should you disclose? Yes. Is it probably sketchy to not disclose? Yes. Will I be marginally peeved and probably give you marginally lower speaks if I learn you did not disclose? Yes. Do I want to listen to disclosure theory? not even a little bit. Will I vote for it? Yes, though unhappily.
-I really really hate timing rounds and I've found I'm extremely irresponsible when I do try to. Please time yourselves and hold your opponent accountable so that I don't have to. I'm terrible at it. (That is a means to say: assume I am not timing you. I'm going to be annoyed if you look at me half way through prep and ask how much time you have left.)
-Pretty into any and all args that outline how much debate sucks, hit me with those.
Email me w/ Qs: email@example.com