Benson Lin Paradigm

Last changed 3 April 2020 8:55 PM EDT

As far as judging philosophy goes, I do not have particular preferences. I believe that debate is a place for discussion and discovery. Respect and politeness is a very important part of a good debate. Below is a briefing of how I look at each speech/area of the game, for both Public Forum and Policy (shorter for Policy as I assume you are pretty experienced if you are debating Policy).

Public Forum

Cross-fire – Be polite, be persuasive, and don't beat around the bush. This is not the time for quarrel or to read off new arguments, but it's for answering your opponents' answer directly. I will not flow cross-fire, so if your opponents conceded to an argument or you think you made a great analytic, you need to mention it specifically in your speech so that I can take note of it. Ask good questions! Closed ended ones are always better than open-ended or clarification questions.

First speeches – There is no need to have a Framework, but it will definitely work for you if you utilize it throughout the debate. Often, people read framework just for the sake of reading it, and fail to develop it beyond their first speech. In short, it is a very powerful tool that debaters should definitely consider using and if you're not using it, don't bother reading it in the first place. As far as case goes, any type of arguments work for me – unless it's illogical or very offensive. But I expect that close to half of the arguments you read in the first speech would be extended into the debate, or else reading that one card is just a waste of time if you don't take advantage of it later in the debate.

Second speeches – The most important roles of the second speaker is to attack the opponents' case, defend their own side, and potentially build upon their case by reading add-ons or additional arguments. The order you put these burdens in really depends on how you are taught, but generally it is most effective to put your rebuttals first and case last, with more time spent on your case. Anyhow, I'm not picky about the order, it just have to be strategic in the debate. And again, if you have a framework you should definitely extend it right in the beginning of your speech.

Summary speeches – This is the time when debaters must funnel down the arguments of the debate for the judge. If you do not list out the most important arguments, it becomes time consuming for me to look through the notes and I might miss an argument that you believe you have won on. Don't feel obligated to extend every answer or argument, just explain to me which are the most important arguments and/or clash in the debate. What's even more strategic and effective is to start your impact calculus here, so that there's less work for the Final Focus. A final note is that I shouldn't see any new arguments in terms of contentions (new answers to the opponents are okay). Also, if you shadow extend any cards (meaning you only read it in the first speech not the second speech), I may or may not vote on that card. But if the opponents never addressed that inconsistency, then I will just let it through.

Final Focus – Here is where you want to limit down the debate to that one or two arguments you think you have won on. There are many ways to do this, but no matter what, it should be clear, concise, straightforward, and easy for me to follow. In the end, the more work you do for the judge means the more likely the judge will vote for you. Impact calculus is also very effective here. In short, no new evidence, elaborate your arguments (including your framework if you extended it throughout the debate), persuasion, and a story to sum things up if possible.

Policy Debate

Framework – like Public Forum, framework should be included in your speech unless you have a good reason not to do so. Develop it, use it to your advantage, and extend it across your speeches so that I will take this into consideration when deciding the ballot.

Topicality – if you do not extend it across the your speeches, I will disregard it as an argument, and be sure to include all of the necessary components. Again, this is a tool that can win you a debate.

Theory – must be explained clearly, efficiently, and logically if you're going to mention it.

Kritiks – only run them if you know how to explain them from the inside out. Have a strong link and don't rely on prewritten blocks. You can always tell when a debater doesn't understand a kritik they're running.

DAs – be strategic when running them, especially when paired with a CP

CPs – always have a net benefit to the CP, answer each permutations separately, and be strategic.

Prep – email/flashing is not considered prep, but if it takes an unreasonable amount of time, then down goes your speaker point.

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(work in progress)

Above are more like the logistics of the debate. As far as skill, persuasion, and speaker points go, just do your best and learn from your mistakes because it's not something that can improve in a day, but as you have more and more experience.

Good luck and have fun!

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational 2021-10-08 PF N Fina PAS HL PAS CH Pro Pro 2-1
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational 2021-10-08 CX Quarte ADL TS ADL KY Aff Neg 2-1
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational HS 2021-10-08 PF R2 TaiAme LeCh TaiAme HC Con
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational HS 2021-10-08 LD R1 IBST EC IBST CC Neg
The 2nd Annual Quarantine Classic HS 2021-07-22 PF Finals Holy Lake Mary ZK Montgomery Blair WC Neg Aff 2-1
The 2nd Annual Quarantine Classic HS 2021-07-22 PF Quarte Montgomery Blair WC Pu Tai Senior LW Aff Aff 3-0
The 2nd Annual Quarantine Classic HS 2021-07-22 PF R4 Holy Lake Mary ZK Pu Tai Senior LW Aff
The 2nd Annual Quarantine Classic HS 2021-07-22 PF R3 Pu Tai Senior CY Pu Tai DS Neg
Middle School TOC at UK MS 2021-05-08 PF IBO Q BL WZ St Michael's TS Pro Pro 2-1
Middle School TOC at UK 2021-05-08 PF R5 Aurorae Young LS Kugnus ACTS YY Pro
Middle School TOC at UK 2021-05-08 PF R4 Ivy Plus HL TFS Boston CW Pro
Middle School TOC at UK 2021-05-08 PF R3 Kugnus ACTS GC Sugar Land SpiderSmart WM Con
Middle School TOC at UK HS 2021-05-08 PF R2 BC Academy KY Sugar Land SpiderSmart HH Con
Middle School TOC at UK MS 2021-05-08 PF R1 Ivy Plus ZP Amplus LO Pro
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational 2021-04-02 ESD NSD Fi 413 401 Pro Pro 3-0
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational 2021-04-02 OPF Final 605 601 Pro Pro 3-0
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational 2021-04-02 NPF Semi 505 503 Con Con 2-1
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational 2021-04-02 ESD NSD Se 414 401 Con Con 3-0
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational 2021-04-02 NPF R4 503 504 Pro
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational MS 2021-04-02 NPF R2 505 512 Con Pro 2-1
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational 2021-04-02 OPF R2 604 602 Pro
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational 2021-04-02 OPF R1 610 614 Pro
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational 2021-04-02 ESD R1 406 403 Con
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational HS 2020-10-10 PF Final ADL LT TaiAme SC Pro Pro 3-0
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational HS 2020-10-10 PF Semi TaiAme SC FPS TW Pro Pro 3-0
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational MS 2020-10-10 ESD N-Fina ADL YT TES MW Con Con 3-0
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational HS 2020-10-10 PF R4 IBST WH IBST LK Con
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational 2020-10-10 ESD R4 ADL LL ALT AW Pro
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational MS 2020-10-10 ESD R3 MAB CL KCI CY Con
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational MS 2020-10-10 PF R3 TES HW TaiAme YY Con
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational MS 2020-10-10 ESD R2 FPS DF TES MW Pro
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational 2020-10-10 ESD R1 KCI/ALT CA FPS/ADL WC Con
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational HS 2020-10-10 PF R1 FPS TW TaiAme SC Con
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational HS 2020-10-10 LD R1 IBST AS IBST JW Neg
ADL Smart Debate Novice PF Novice Policy Tournament 2020-05-31 NCX Semi TAS Pairie Koh & Ariel Chiong KCI Jessica Liu & Kara Chao Aff Aff 2-1
ADL Smart Debate Novice PF Novice Policy Tournament 2020-05-31 SD R4 TAS Wesley Low & Anthony Kuo & Caden Wu TAS Makayla Chang & Angela Lin & Julianne Lin Con
ADL Smart Debate Novice PF Novice Policy Tournament 2020-05-31 SD R2 TAS Hannah Wang & Chloe Hsu TAS Bryce Yao & Ian Lee & Aidan Lee Pro
ADL Smart Debate Novice PF Novice Policy Tournament MS 2020-05-31 NCX R2 TES/TAS Emma Chuo & Megan Su KCI Brian Huang & I-Jun Yen Aff
ADL Smart Debate Novice PF Novice Policy Tournament 2020-05-31 NCX R1 KCI Jessica Liu & Kara Chao KCI Enrica Tai & Vreni Su Aff
ADL Smart Debate Novice PF Novice Policy Tournament 2020-05-31 SD R1 TAS Sarah Maeng & Jolienne Chung FPS Ryan Huang & Lucas Pan Pro
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational MS 2020-04-04 ESD Quarte 417 403 Pro Pro 2-1
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational 2020-04-04 OPF R4 501 506 Con
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational 2020-04-04 ESD R4 408 413 Con Con 3-0
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational MS 2020-04-04 ESD R3 406 417 Con Con 3-0
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational 2020-04-04 OPF R3 502 507 Con
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational 2020-04-04 ESD R2 403 416 Con Con 3-0
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational MS 2020-04-04 OPF R2 504 503 Con
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational 2020-04-04 ESD R1 410 412 Con
NSDA Taiwan Members Invitational MS 2020-04-04 OPF R1 513 512 Con
ADL Smart Debate Novice PF Novice Policy Tournament 2019-12-15 NPF R3 TAS Megan Su & Iris Tsai *DIS Carla Wu & Josh Tsen Pro
ADL Smart Debate Novice PF Novice Policy Tournament 2019-12-15 NPF R2 *KCI Matt Chung & Scott Chi & Queenie Wu TAS Ashley Ting & Ariel Ting Con
ADL Smart Debate Novice PF Novice Policy Tournament 2019-12-15 NPF R1 *FPS Joshua Cho & Addison Wang TAS Henry Lin & Chloe Wang Con
NSDA Taiwan Invitational MS 2019-10-11 PF R4 519 525 Con Con 3-0
NSDA Taiwan Invitational 2019-10-11 PF R3 518 512 Con
NSDA Taiwan Invitational MS 2019-10-11 PF R3 516 525 Pro Pro 3-0
NSDA Taiwan Invitational 2019-10-11 PF R2 513 511 Pro
NSDA Taiwan Invitational 2019-10-11 PF R2 521 508 Con
NSDA Taiwan Invitational MS 2019-10-11 PF R1 512 524 Con
NSDA Taiwan Invitational MS 2019-10-11 PF R1 516 514 Pro
ADL Smart Debate Novice PF Novice Policy Tournament 2019-09-22 NPF Semi TAS Ariel Ting & Ashley Ting FPS Anderson Chao & Addison Wang Pro Pro 2-1
ADL Smart Debate Novice PF Novice Policy Tournament 2019-09-22 NCX Quarte TAS Ray Wang TAS Mira Baba & Jackie Yeh Neg Neg 2-0
ADL Smart Debate Novice PF Novice Policy Tournament 2019-09-22 NCX R3 TAS Draven Chung & Jordan Yao TAS Jeffrey Yu & Adam Lin Neg
ADL Smart Debate Novice PF Novice Policy Tournament 2019-09-22 NCX R2 TAS Noah Huang & Judy Yen TAS Alva Tang & Ryan Bu Neg
NSDA Taiwan District Tournament 2019-04-05 ESD Quarte 315 317 Con Pro 2-1
NSDA Taiwan District Tournament 2019-04-05 ESD Octo 319 303 Con
NSDA Taiwan District Tournament MS 2019-04-05 ESD R3 321 306 Pro
NSDA Taiwan District Tournament MS 2019-04-05 NPF R3 712 703 Con
NSDA Taiwan District Tournament 2019-04-05 ESD R2 320 316 Con
NSDA Taiwan District Tournament 2019-04-05 ESD R1 302 301 Con
NSDA Taiwan Invitational MS 2018-10-06 ESD Final 314 309 Con Con 2-1
NSDA Taiwan Invitational 2018-10-06 NPF Semi 501 509 Pro Con 2-1
NSDA Taiwan District Tournament 2018-04-06 NPF Final TAS/LOC Angela Wang & Murphy Chuang TAS Noah Huang & Sehwan Park Con Con 2-1
NSDA Taiwan District Tournament MS 2018-04-06 ESD R4 TES Charles Moncassin TAS Dylan Liu & Jordan Yao Con
NSDA Taiwan District Tournament MS 2018-04-06 ESD R3 TAS Daphne Chang & Molly Wang TES Chelsea Dennis & Mia Yang Con
NSDA Taiwan District Tournament 2018-04-06 ESD R2 TAS Henry Lin & Anthony Eastwood FPS Charlotte Yu & Andrew Yang Pro
NSDA Taiwan District Tournament MS 2018-04-06 ESD R1 KCI Kara Chao & Valentine Langlet TES Charles Moncassin Pro
Asian Debate League Novice PF Tournament 2018-03-11 Final TAS Sehwan Park & Noah Huang TAS Janise Chiang & Mira Baba Con Con 3-0
Asian Debate League Novice PF Tournament 2018-03-11 Semi TAS Sehwan Park & Noah Huang KCI Steven Kuo & Benny Wang Pro Pro 2-1
Asian Debate League Novice PF Tournament 2018-03-11 R4 TAS/TES Brendon Wang & Daniel Yao TAS Janise Chiang & Mira Baba Con
Asian Debate League Novice PF Tournament 2018-03-11 R3 LOC Murphy Chuang & Maggie Chen KCI Leo Chang & Tim Yau Pro
Asian Debate League Novice PF Tournament 2018-03-11 R2 KCI Leo Chang & Tim Yau KCI Patricia Liu & Renee Chen Pro
Asian Debate League Novice PF Tournament 2018-03-11 R1 TAS/KCI Usho Watanabe & Frederick Wu KCI Rex Hsu & Mody Ding Pro