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Sachin Shah introduces and analyzes various methods to quantify/rank teams during the 2020-2021 Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate season.
In this article, Animesh explains 5 key points on how to retrofit older arguments from phil into modern debate frameworks.
Phil debate has been declining. This article gives an introduction to phil debate and how it is still valuable in today's debate meta.
A pattern of negative side bias has been statistically observed, especially in the newer online formats. This article investigates if this trend still exists in the 2021 debate season through a quantitative analysis and interpretation.
Sachin Shah brings a statistical analysis on how online tournaments have affected the dynamic of Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate.
This article offers a deep dive into Lincoln-Douglas's (LD) theory debate and it's apparent decline.
Katherine Fennell demonstrates how to respond to the K in the 1AR, covering link turns, impact turns, disadvantages to the alternative, and permutations.
Based off of data collected from PF rankings in the 2019 season, we present the hardest and weakest PF tournaments, as measured by the average ELO rating of the competitors.
This article discuss the resource disparity in debate and how small-school debaters can compete and succeed against larger, skilled debate programs.
David McGinnis articulates an opinion on why privatization of debate is not good for the event, and consequently for our society.
This article challenges the paring of radical politics with fiat, and argues that fiat inherently disrupts radical policies.
This article gives a detailed look at how to give a strategic K 2NR and covers impact turns, link analysis, and the alternative.
Grant Brown discusses the difficulties in going for Kritik arguments and how to most effectively use them in your debate rounds.
Salim presents reasons why Lincoln-Douglas (LD) will not improve over time by taking a look at it's norms and offers some solutions to improve the activity.
This article completes David's view of a judges role and gives insights into practical considerations and the Self-Defeatingness Objection
This article asserts that the role of the judge is to vote for the better debater, and it details how this can be achieved.
A quantitative look at whether judges in Lincoln-Douglas (LD) are making rational decisions during elimination rounds, or are simply guessing.
This article argues in favor of topicality within debate and discusses how topicality sits within the overall framework of modern debate.
This article presents various methods to beat paragraph theory, which has become prevalent amongst affirmative cases.
In an effort to keep history alive, NSD Update has obtained and scanned TOC results packets from years prior to the advent of electronic posting. View TOC packets from 2001 to 2013
This article discusses the 'Conditionals' argument and why you should never lose to it in a debate round.
This article introduces truth-testing and comparing worlds in theory debate and they may impact the dynamics of debate rounds
This article examines whether Lincoln Douglas (LD) debate has become too specialized and nuanced for outsiders to comprehend.
This article discusses why the offensive counter-interpretation argument is flawed and how it results to Reverse Voting Issues