Contributing to the Library

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Contributing Resources to the Wiki

Prerequisites

You must create an account to have access to editing pages.

How can I create a new wiki page?

The easiest way to create a new wiki page is to navigate to the URL of the page you want to create. Go to:

https://ld.circuitdebater.org/w/index.php/[PAGE_NAME_HERE]

Replace [PAGE_NAME_HERE] with the name of the page you want to create. Once there, you will have the ability to edit the empty page and add the content you desire. Make sure that you provide appropriate links to your new wiki page on other pages, that way users can actually find it!

What should my wiki page look like?

The target audience for the Circuitdebater Library are students who are learning debate. You should aim to minimize any debate-specific jargon that isn't well-known and avoid making assumptions about what the reader of your pages may already know. Any debater can download arguments off the HSLD wiki, but the reason why they come to the Circuitdebater Library is to benefit from it's explanatory resources. Therefore, write the pages like you are teaching somebody in a classroom-setting, not like you are reading the argument in a debate round.


All wiki pages should follow the following structure.

  1. Overview: A brief, paragraph-long overview of your topic which summarizes the content, demonstrates its strategic value, and provides any other relevant information.
  2. Content: Here, put the content of your actual page. Write as if you are teaching in a classroom setting, and aim to be as explanatory as possible.
  3. Sample Cases: If relevant, you should include links to sample cases of the argument you are writing about so debaters can see the argument in context. See here for a guide on uploading files.


Exemplar Pages

See below for a list of exemplar cases you should aim to emulate.

Introduction to Circuit Debate provides a good example of explanatory language used and aims not to make assumptions of debater's prior knowledge of debate.

Policy provides a detailed and easy to understand description of some of the most common arguments in debate.

Determinism is comprehensive in its explanation of a philosophical concept and provides motivation for reading the argument.

a Prioris provides good background for explaining logical a Prioris to encourage critical thinking when responding to arguments.

Structure of a Shell provides a technical yet digestible explanation for theory arguments.