We are pro open-source disclosure. You are no longer part of a “small school” (if that distinction even makes sense, which we personally think doesn’t). By being part of our Club Team, you are amongst the most prepared debaters at every tournament you attend. We require every student to follow the protocol below for disclosure – we promise you that you will not lose rounds because of this.
We know that this is a major departure for some of you from how you debated in the past, but please trust us on this. The “disclosure hurts your ability to win” argument is silly and empirically disproven over and over again by our collective team success. If you have concerns about disclosure or think it’s bad, please talk to us ASAP.
We will spot check your disclosure pages throughout the season to ensure you are abiding by our team rules.General Overview:
• If you are a novice, please message your head coach and they will help you get set up with a wiki page on the NDCA wiki.
• We should all be disclosing on the wiki properly. If anyone has a problem with this, we are happy to explain to you why disclosure is a good practice.
• We should be disclosing in good faith - this means we aren’t engaging in any shenanigans involving disclosing all analytic cases, disclosing on the Public Forum wiki, disclosing incorrect arguments, or anything ridiculous of the sort. Disclose and disclose properly.
What follows may be a departure from what you have previously done. Please follow the guidelines below. They may create some more work for you in the short term but will yield long term benefits and establish good norms for the whole community.
• We will post cites for a position including tags for every new position that we break (i.e. new aff, DA, K, etc) and the first three and last three words of the card text.
• We should NOT be disclosing pre-written analytics. You only need to disclose a quick summary (3-5 words) of what each analytic argument says.
• You don’t need to create a new cite entry for every round you read a position - just one for the first round you break something.
• Cite entries should be clearly and appropriately labeled with the topic and quick 1-2 word label for the position• e.g. “SEPTOCT - Kant Aff”
• Must be posted for every round
• Information that should be included:1. Tournament and round
4. Round break down (what the 1ac was, what was in the 1nc, what the 2nr went for, any new 1ar arguments, and what the 2ar went for)Open Source:
• Should create a doc with all the cards that you read in the round
• Cards should be sectioned off by speech• All 1ac cards should be under a separate header labelled “1ac” and all 1ar card should be under a separate header labelled “1ar”
Disclosing Participation in DebateDrills
In years past, we have had coaches request that we ask our students to disclose they are part of DebateDrills. We agree with the reasoning of our colleagues - being part of a prep-sharing network like ours puts you at a significant advantage, and the rest of the national circuit should have the right to know who is working with whom. Accordingly, we will require all students to have the top entry on their aff and neg wiki indicate that they are a member of the DebateDrills team. The entry should go as follows.
1. Title: 0 - DebateDrills
2. Tournament, Round, Judge:Tournament: All | Round: 1 | Opponent: All | Judge: All
3. Cite box:
I'm on DebateDrills! Here's a link to:
- List of Members and Coaches:
- Relevant Team Policies:
- Harassment/Bullying Complaint Form:
4. Open Source: Not Applicable for this entry.
If you have any questions about this or need some help to get started, please get in touch with us. You will be in direct violation of our Service Agreement if you do not abide by the policies above, so please make sure you are crystal clear on how this all works before the season begins.Navigation Function
Please put, under identifier 0, the following 3 things each as their own wiki entry:
• Contact Information
• Disclosure of participation in DebateDrills (see above)
• Navigation Toolkit
Please check the software stack and Tej Gedela's wiki
from a past season to see what best practice looks like.