Interested in opinions from judges or debaters.
A while ago the nooch and I had a brief discussion on here about judges intervening in cx when one team is clearly giving a long drawn out BS answer (which nooch dubbed the filibuster)
A few other instances I have been observing semi frequently have me wondering whether or not judges should be exercising a heavier hand in what goes on in the debate.
I have never and probably will never say anything in these instances, but I have ranked them by likelihood I would say something. For some I have suggested other potential remedies and would love to hear about others ( a common one being debaters could just ask the judge)
-what were the vis? This is where one team asks the other team what voting issues were in their last speech and the team gives them a wrong answer (either from forgetfulness or malice). My reservation for not saying anything is obviously the other team should flow better. Potential alternative remedy- don’t vote on an arg that wasn’t relayed to the other team. Similarly “what cards say turns the case” is a question I hear misanswered a lot in the same vein.
-Did you kick X? I hear this more than you would think, if something is unclear- like was an argument extended, oftentimes teams will try and push the envelope and be like “oh yea, that was extended for sure” when iI am pretty sure it wasn’t, so I would consider being like “i didn’t have that extended”. Again- flow better, but a lot of times this is when the last speech was really unclear and I myself am unsure
-what cards did u read? Similar to the first, but this I feel is both more and less of a flowing issue- you should know what args they made, but sometimes finding out exact cards is difficult. After many debates I have been handed 6 uniqueness cards when i thought the team read 1/2 that or less, if they are handing that many to the other team that seems questionable obviously but does it rise to level of judge intervention?
-Beep beep beep- oftentimes people have asked what the last arg I wrote down was when someone keeps talking after the timer- and I would encourage people to do that. A similar confusing thing is the ventriloquism routine where one partner is telling the other word for word what to say, but the “puppet” is not saying it all, only parts of it- often resulting in a non argument. I don’t think i would ever jump in here, but would def proffer my opinion if queried by the debaters