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How to win debates: a brief survey

Hey! Over the last little while I've been collecting various bits and pieces of advice for good debating on this site. While no advice has been consistent, here are 7 basic tips I've found most people agree on:

Remember there are many different opinions of how to be good! Know your style and above all, have fun doing it.


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ColeTrainComment posted by ColeTrain
2015-05-20 02:47:08
Conduct is a big thing. If you run out of character space in the argument, thank your opponent it in the comments for sure.
lannan13Comment posted by lannan13
2015-05-27 21:31:31
Sources, you need valid sources. If you site things like wikipeadia all the time you're arguments will get nowhere. Site scholary sources like books, studies, and .edus and such.
KasmicComment posted by Kasmic
2015-06-02 17:46:43
Structure seems to be an important aspect as well. Not that there is a perfect structure per se. Here is a decent generic structure.


Debate checklist:

1: Housekeeping

a) definitions
b) burden analysis
c) What the debate is/is not about

2: Case Structure

“You give the reason for that idea (Why is your idea the case? Prove it.)” (YYW)
“You articulate the impact (Why should I care that you have this idea?)” (YYW)

a) Harm: state what's wrong on a general level
b) Link: provide evidence and analysis linking the opposing case to that harm
c) Solvency: a link, provide a point on solvency, explaining how my plan solves for it.
d) Impact: give clear reasoning as to why biting that harm should be viewed as a winning point

Conclusion: summarize points