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Postby latraffic » Thu Sep 07, 2006 7:04 am

I am wondering if perhaps a word count limit be set for the Great Debates competition (500 words?) Now, don't get me wrong, I can write volumes with the best of them; however I worry about the judges. Wading through thousands of words of rhetoric gets old very quickly. And perhaps it will cut down on the "intimidation" factor we've seen this first week with two owners bailing out because their opponents have simply overwhelmed them with lengthy posts.
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Postby SniperShot » Thu Sep 07, 2006 7:57 am

I really like that idea. Maybe 500 words is too little (or too much???) but still a limit would be good. I noticed some posts were much much longer than others.
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Postby danleroi22 » Thu Sep 07, 2006 8:37 am

I would suggest a limit of 1000 words. You make a good point that us judges don't want to have to wade through all that info... but yet we want a well developed argument as well. 1000 I think is a good medium.
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Postby BraylonIsAStud » Thu Sep 07, 2006 3:26 pm

As a team "owner" in the great debate, I don't think a word count would be fair towards players that do more research on their topics. If you look over my Cleveland Browns response, you'll see that my post was very lengthy yet still didn't constantly repeat the same things. If I were forced to condense my post to a word count, there would undoubtedly be points that I'm unable to make.
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Postby latraffic » Mon Sep 11, 2006 3:27 pm

BraylonIsAStud wrote:If I were forced to condense my post to a word count, there would undoubtedly be points that I'm unable to make.


Ah, true, but it would be more of a challenge to try and be concise, which should make for a stronger post.

How about 750 words? Split the difference so to speak?
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Postby teddy ballgame » Mon Sep 11, 2006 3:33 pm

As an owner, I don't agree with the idea of a word count limit. I don't think you should have to be limited.

However I do think something may need to be done about no-show's. Hopefully this week will be better.
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Postby mattb47 » Thu Sep 14, 2006 1:13 pm

How would things like stats work into the word count? I would think they would need some sort of value word wise if you were to put a limit on word count because otherwise people can just put tons of stats and still make their post incredibly long.
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Postby flotsamnjetsam » Thu Sep 14, 2006 1:23 pm

I don't think there should be a limit on the word count. I think the debators (sp?) should be able to make their response as long or as short as they want. It's not like it takes that much longer to read and analyze a long response. And if the long response is long-winded it's not guaranteed to win over a better response that's shorter.

I just think that a word limit will limit the debator and why would you want that? :-?
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Postby bobbing_headz » Thu Sep 14, 2006 3:41 pm

Why should there be a word limit? I feel that if its too long then it will take away from the debate anyways. An in terms of statistics, too many will make the debate overly boring as well. Long post usually = more effort.
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Postby Child_of_God_08 » Thu Sep 14, 2006 4:08 pm

No limit! That might take away some of the points that a person would be trying to make. 500 words really isn't a lot.
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