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Dec 6, 2007
New York, NY
Debate Rules and Suggestions
  • Avoid the use of Never.
  • Avoid the use of Always.
  • Refrain from saying "you are wrong."
  • You can say "your idea is mistaken."
  • Don't disagree with obvious truths.
  • Attack the idea not the person.
  • Use many rather than most.
  • Avoid exaggeration.
  • Use some rather than many.
  • The use of often allows for exceptions.
  • The use of generally allows for exceptions.
  • Quote sources and numbers. Something presented as a fact should list the source unless it is an indisputable fact.
  • Do not present opinion as facts.If it is just an opinion, i.e. cannot be supported by citing sources, state it as an opinion.
  • Stress the positive.
  • You do not need to win every battle to win the war.
  • Concede minor or trivial points.
  • Avoid bickering, quarreling, and wrangling.
  • Watch your tone.
  • Don't win a debate and lose a friend.
  • Keep your perspective - You're just debating.
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