Survey by Jake Nebel: The State of Debate

I’ve created a survey to figure out what people think about various judging principles, debate practices, and aspects of debate today. As a community, we may wish to do some soul searching to figure out what kind of activity LD really is, and what kind of activity we really want it to be. Many of these questions get at issues I discussed in my earlier post, Minimal Expectations for Clarity in LD. Please click here to fill out the survey. Every answer helps. I know the wording of each question is not perfect, and may sometimes even be bad, but please answer the question that you think I’m asking, to the best of your abilities.

Also, I apologize in advance for any weird formatting problems. GoogleDocs isn’t the greatest tool for this task, but it is free…


  • Very interesting comments. Can't wait to see the results.

  • Rebar Niemi

    curious to see what the results are when this comes out. i think that one problem you might run into is people with opposing views selecting the same responses for different reasons, but that's a relatively minor concern. overall pretty decent list of survey questions.