Ryan Malone Paradigm

Last changed Sun, Sep 3, 2017 at 2:50 AM UTC

email: malonage@gmail.com

 

How I make decisions

I hope Whitehead is right, that even dimwits can make good decisions if they follow an appropriate procedure. It’s only fair then for me to give a general sense of how I make decisions, with as few platitudes as possible, though most of them still apply.

1.     After the 2ar I review 2nr and 2ar arguments and their comportment with the block and 1ar. Unless there are arguments about how I should or should not flow, I appreciate when debaters are attentive to line-by-line, but I understand that strategy sometimes calls one to deviate from it. When that occurs, I am less likely to line up arguments in the same way as you may want me to.

2.     While doing that I clarify shorthand and mark out errata and things that aren’t arguments. There is a difference between arguments and nascent things that purport to be arguments. We don’t need to talk about Toulmin; an argument is really anything that could inform a decision. This may seem arbitrary or kind of like question-begging, but I don’t think it’s capricious. I don’t do this because I have some ultra-strenuous “not buying it” threshold for what constitutes an argument. My concern is that there is a temptation to embellish not-quite-arguments, especially those that, if they had been full arguments, would be compelling, strategic, or make for an easy decision. Assessing, at the outset, what all on the flow are reasonably arguments is a way to ward off that temptation. 

3.     I then look to arguments the 2nr and 2ar say are the most important and other arguments that appear central to the debate or that may supplant opposing lines of reasoning. The last part may seem to imply a premium on the meta, but rarely are debates leveraged on Archimedean points. 

4.      If necessary, I read evidence. I don’t follow along in speech docs or look at speeches in more than a cursory way prior to the end of the debate, with perhaps the exception of interpretations and counterplan texts. I will read a piece of evidence if there is contestation about its quality, applicability, or illocution, if I am asked to compare two pieces of evidence or a piece of evidence and a countervailing explanation, or if some argument is dense and, despite good explanation, I’m just not following. My concern is that the more evidence a judge reads without specific reason, the more they reward good evidence read sloppily over clear, persuasive argumentation and are at risk of reconstructing the debate along those lines.

5.     I hash out the above (it’s hard to adumbrate this process in a way that’s not super vague) and I get something resembling a decision. I run through a few even-if scenarios: what, if any, central arguments the losing team could have won, but still lose the debate, and what arguments the winning team would have had to lose or the losing team would have had to win for the losing team to win the debate. Finally, I review the flow again to make sure my decision is firmly based in the 2nr and 2ar and that there is nothing I’ve missed.

 

Note on Framework

Framework debates are better when both teams have some defense, in addition to offense.

Even if fairness is intrinsically value, by which I mean fairness is valuable regardless of relation, I’m unsure how valuable procedural fairness is, in and of itself. Because of that fairness arguments make more sense to me as internal links rather than impacts.

Similarly, impact turns to fairness are more persuasive when they are about the purported use of fairness as an impartial rule. Phrased differently, in explaining the way structural fairness informs procedural fairness as a difference in fairness-in-rule and fairness-in-practice, it may be worth thinking about fairness as the practice of appealing to rules.

Topical versions are under-utilized.

 

Things that do not concern how I usually make decisions

Some of the above is assiduously believed, but weakly held, however, the following points are immutable: I will comply with any tournament rules regarding speech and decision times, speaker points, etc. Any request not to be recorded or videotaped should be honored. If proven, clipping, cross-reading, or deceitfully manufacturing or altering evidence will result in a loss and zero speaker points. Unlike wit, sass, and tasteful self-effacement, bald-faced meanness will negatively affect speaker points.

My rfds are brief, which I’m working on. This reason for this is twofold. First, most of what I write down concerns how I make my decision, not how I intend to give it. Second, I don’t presume to act, even temporarily, as something like an arguments coach, nor as someone who can adroitly explain or find fault in an opposing team’s arguments. The last thing I want to do is say something that would lead you astray. At this point in my time judging I’m really just trying to be a good heuristic machine—anything more is just gravy. Obviously, to the degree to which I have insight I will give suggestions, clarifications, or share in your befuddlement. 

Please feel free to email me if you have questions or concerns.

 

 

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Event Rd Aff Neg Decision
Georgia State 9/17/2017 OPEN 3 Nevada Las Vegas AK Harvard SR AFF Nevada Las Vegas AK
Georgia State 9/17/2017 OPEN 4 Harvard MS Liberty HS AFF Harvard MS
Georgia State 9/17/2017 OPEN 5 Harvard BC UC Berkeley FM NEG UC Berkeley FM
Georgia State 9/17/2017 OPEN 7 Louisville AY Harvard CD NEG Harvard CD
Georgia State 9/17/2017 NOV Sems Liberty AM Navy RY NEG Navy RY
Liberty AM on a 2-1
Georgia State 9/17/2017 OPEN Octos Harvard MS Wake Forest MR NEG Wake Forest MR
Harvard MS on a 2-1
UTNIF Skills 2 7/21/2017 CX R3 FouCULT LL BigBallerBrand GS NEG BigBallerBrand GS
UTNIF Skills 2 7/21/2017 CX R4 Professors BN AP Test Lab Sa NEG AP Test Lab Sa
UTNIF Skills 2 7/21/2017 CX R5 Professors DM FouCULT CM AFF Professors DM
UTNIF Skills 2 7/21/2017 CX R6 BigBallerBrand KN FouCULT CN NEG FouCULT CN
UTNIF Skills 1 6/29/2017 CX R2 AKA BEST LAB HK Magic School Bus DH AFF AKA BEST LAB HK
71st National Debate Tournament at KU 3/23/2017 Open Round 1 Harvard MS Nevada Las Vegas AK AFF Harvard MS
71st National Debate Tournament at KU 3/23/2017 Open Round 2 Kansas HW West Georgia CC AFF Kansas HW
71st National Debate Tournament at KU 3/23/2017 Open Round 3 West Georgia MJ Oklahoma WJ NEG Oklahoma WJ
71st National Debate Tournament at KU 3/23/2017 Open Round 4 Stanford HP Wichita State OS NEG Wichita State OS
71st National Debate Tournament at KU 3/23/2017 Open Round 5 Harvard GS California, Berkeley MS NEG California, Berkeley MS
71st National Debate Tournament at KU 3/23/2017 Open Round 6 Georgia State FN Missouri - Kansas City KS NEG Missouri - Kansas City KS
71st National Debate Tournament at KU 3/23/2017 Open Round 7 Northern Iowa MK Baylor SW NEG Baylor SW
71st National Debate Tournament at KU 3/23/2017 Open Round 8 Trinity SY Central Oklahoma CM NEG Central Oklahoma CM
Cross Examination Debate Assocation National Tournament 3/17/2017 Open 1 Cornell MV James Madison BK NEG James Madison BK
Cross Examination Debate Assocation National Tournament 3/17/2017 Open 6 Central Oklahoma MC Towson BM AFF Central Oklahoma MC
Cross Examination Debate Assocation National Tournament 3/17/2017 Open 7 Wake Forest SV Kansas FK NEG Kansas FK
Cross Examination Debate Assocation National Tournament 3/17/2017 Open Dbls Central Oklahoma HS Binghamton MP AFF Central Oklahoma HS
Central Oklahoma HS on a 2-1
NDT District III MAC 2/17/2017 D3 2 Oklahoma SP Baylor SW AFF Oklahoma SP
NDT District III MAC 2/17/2017 MAC V 4 UT San Antonio MO Wichita State CW NEG Wichita State CW
NDT District III MAC 2/17/2017 D3 5 Central Oklahoma CM Wichita State OS NEG Wichita State OS
NDT District III MAC 2/17/2017 MAC V 6 UT San Antonio MO Wichita State DR NEG Wichita State DR
NDT District III MAC 2/17/2017 D3 8 Central Oklahoma HS Wichita State OS AFF Central Oklahoma HS
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern 2/4/2017 Open RD 1 Harvard MS Pittsburgh BF AFF Harvard MS
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern 2/4/2017 Open RD 4 Kansas FK Wake Forest AS NEG Wake Forest AS
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern 2/4/2017 Open RD 8 Wichita State OS New York JL AFF Wichita State OS
Pitt Round Robin 1/21/2017 pitt 1 Rutgers-Newark WC Wake Forest DM NEG Wake Forest DM
Pitt Round Robin 1/21/2017 pitt 3 Oklahoma WJ Binghamton BS AFF Oklahoma WJ
Pitt Round Robin 1/21/2017 pitt 5 Towson MB Pittsburgh LD NEG Pittsburgh LD
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN 1 Nevada Las Vegas CW Towson BM NEG Towson BM
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN 2 Baylor WZ Binghamton AY AFF Baylor WZ
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 NOV 4 Weber State/Southern California EW Nevada Las Vegas FP NEG Nevada Las Vegas FP
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN 6 Louisville GT Kansas KF NEG Kansas KF
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var 1 Binghamton MD Kansas HW NEG Kansas HW
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var 2 Harvard MS Rutgers-Newark CW AFF Harvard MS
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var 3 West Georgia MJ Binghamton SB AFF West Georgia MJ
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 JV 4 Louisville WW Nevada Las Vegas PF AFF Louisville WW
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var 5 Louisville PT Baylor BC NEG Baylor BC
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var 6 Towson BM Kansas FK AFF Towson BM
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 CCX 1 CadMag LR JacC. GF AFF CadMag LR
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 CCX 2 CadMag PC Judson JO AFF CadMag PC
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 CCX 3 LibArt MS Dulles VZ AFF LibArt MS
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 CCX 4 WinChu TD Westwo GK NEG Westwo GK
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 CCX 5 Union JS Coppel PD NEG Coppel PD
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 CCX 6 Prospe WD RouRoc CS AFF Prospe WD
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 RR 7 Reagan SS Little Rock Central CC AFF Reagan SS
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 CCX Double JesCP VL Coppel PD AFF JesCP VL
JesCP VL on a 2-1
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 CCX Octo LitRoc CC LibArt MV NEG LibArt MV
LibArt MV on a 2-1
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 CCX Semi Lindal TD Reagan SS AFF Lindal TD
Lindal TD on a 2-1
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR RD 2 Baylor BC Towson BM AFF Baylor BC
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR RD 3 Towson GU Central Oklahoma HS NEG Central Oklahoma HS
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR RD 7 West Georgia MJ Baylor SW NEG Baylor SW
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR RD 8 Towson BJ Emporia State RW AFF Towson BJ
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR DBLS Towson BM Central Oklahoma HS AFF Towson BM
Towson BM on a 3-2
UCO Joe C Jackson Tournament 11/4/2016 Open Round 2 Kansas CF UCO MF AFF Kansas CF
UCO Joe C Jackson Tournament 11/4/2016 Open Round 5 WSU OS Kansas ST AFF WSU OS
UCO Joe C Jackson Tournament 11/4/2016 Open Round 6 Emporia RW Kansas DG NEG Kansas DG
UCO Joe C Jackson Tournament 11/4/2016 Open Semis Kansas FK WSU OS AFF Kansas FK
Kansas FK on a 3-0
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/29/2016 Open RD 3 Central Oklahoma SH Oklahoma SS AFF Central Oklahoma SH
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/29/2016 Open RD 4 Harvard CD Nevada Las Vegas AK AFF Harvard CD
4th annual Mukai College Classic at Weber State 10/1/2016 Nov 3 Oklahoma MC CSU Northridge AM AFF Oklahoma MC
4th annual Mukai College Classic at Weber State 10/1/2016 Nov 5 Weber State CR CSU Northridge LB NEG CSU Northridge LB
4th annual Mukai College Classic at Weber State 10/1/2016 Jnr 6 Washington BU Oklahoma SM NEG Oklahoma SM
4th annual Mukai College Classic at Weber State 10/1/2016 Jnr SF San Francisco State BG Oklahoma HH AFF San Francisco State BG
Oklahoma HH on a 2-1
4th annual Mukai College Classic at Weber State 10/1/2016 Jnr F CSU Long Beach DP Oklahoma HH NEG Oklahoma HH
CSU Long Beach DP on a 2-1
UMKC Baby Jo Memorial 9/17/2016 JV 1 Oklahoma VanHeteren & Nollert Missouri - Kansas City Jutt & Hauschildt NEG Missouri - Kansas City Jutt & Hauschildt
UMKC Baby Jo Memorial 9/17/2016 Open 2 Oklahoma Smith & Wyde Baylor Barron & Conner NEG Baylor Barron & Conner
UMKC Baby Jo Memorial 9/17/2016 Open 7 Kansas Delph & Glasscock Oklahoma Crawford & Schleicher AFF Kansas Delph & Glasscock
UTNIF Skills 2 7/22/2016 CX 1 No More Parties at UT CD Pan Da Monium WS AFF No More Parties at UT CD
UTNIF Skills 2 7/22/2016 CX 2 Emron and the turtles AG Teen Drama CJ NEG Teen Drama CJ
UTNIF Skills 2 7/22/2016 CX 3 No More Parties at UT YC SeaLab 2021 BM AFF No More Parties at UT YC
UTNIF Skills 2 7/22/2016 CX 4 PW Teen Drama DK NEG Teen Drama DK
UTNIF Skills 2 7/22/2016 CX 5 Emron and the turtles BT Emron and the turtles VK AFF Emron and the turtles BT
UTNIF Skills 2 7/22/2016 CX 6 Teen Drama TD No More Parties at UT BK AFF Teen Drama TD
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX 1 Some Cthulhu Deity HM Wu Tangerz SC NEG Wu Tangerz SC
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX 2 Wu Tangerz HM #ThanksObama SS NEG #ThanksObama SS
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX 3 Bill Russell's Sprouts JR Wu Tangerz TD NEG Wu Tangerz TD
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX 4 Bill Russell's Sprouts CL Wu Tangerz DH NEG Wu Tangerz DH
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX 5 Wu Tangerz CM Bill Russell's Sprouts CG AFF Wu Tangerz CM
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX 6 MisanthrophicMedley JW Some Cthulhu Deity CN NEG Some Cthulhu Deity CN
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX Doubles Bill Russell's Sprouts LG Wu Tangerz ML AFF Bill Russell's Sprouts LG
Bill Russell's Sprouts LG on a 1-0
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX Qtrs Wu Tangerz GB Some Cthulhu Deity HC AFF Wu Tangerz GB
Wu Tangerz GB on a 2-1
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX Semis Wu Tangerz GB Wu Tangerz AG NEG Wu Tangerz AG
Wu Tangerz AG on a 2-1
UTNIF Skills Tournament 2 7/24/2015 CX 4 MisanthrophicMedley LN #ThanksObama SW NEG #ThanksObama SW
UTNIF Skills Tournament 2 7/24/2015 CX 5 Bill Russell's Sprouts MC #ThanksObama CG AFF Bill Russell's Sprouts MC
UTNIF Skills Tournament 2 7/24/2015 CX 6 #ThanksObama AD MisanthrophicMedley AH AFF #ThanksObama AD
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/12/2015 CX Round 1 Masty's Mastodons CG Wai R Ho Wai R KY AFF Masty's Mastodons CG
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/12/2015 CX Round 2 Masty's Mastodons MD Trump 2016 DH AFF Masty's Mastodons MD
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/12/2015 CX Round 3 Pedrones GY Wai R Ho Wai R SS NEG Wai R Ho Wai R SS
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/12/2015 CX Round 4 Trump 2016 SP Pedrones ZL AFF Trump 2016 SP
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/12/2015 CX Round 5 Trump 2016 DK Trump 2016/Pedrones PJ AFF Trump 2016 DK
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/12/2015 CX Round 6 Wai R Ho Wai R ZJ Mastys Mastodons CrSm NEG Mastys Mastodons CrSm
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/12/2015 CX Dubs Pedrones HS Masty's Mastodons CG NEG Masty's Mastodons CG
Masty's Mastodons CG on a 1-0
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/12/2015 CX Octs Wai R Ho Wai R MP Masty's Mastodons PH NEG Masty's Mastodons PH
Masty's Mastodons PH on a 1-0
UTNIF Skills Tournament 1 7/2/2015 CX R1 Trump 2016 BM DJQ Lab OS AFF Trump 2016 BM
UTNIF Skills Tournament 1 7/2/2015 CX R2 Trump 2016 KR DJQ Lab MP AFF Trump 2016 KR
UTNIF Skills Tournament 1 7/2/2015 CX R3 DJQ Lab JS DJQ Lab ZY NEG DJQ Lab ZY
UTNIF Skills Tournament 1 7/2/2015 CX R4 DJQ Lab RS Trump 2016 PS NEG Trump 2016 PS
UTNIF Skills Tournament 1 7/2/2015 CX R5 Trump 2016 JC DJQ Lab CH AFF Trump 2016 JC
UTNIF Skills Tournament 1 7/2/2015 CX R6 Trump 2016 DK Trump 2016 LL NEG Trump 2016 LL