This is part of the WSDC 2011 series as I recount and report on the World School Debating Championship 2011 in Dundee, Scotland as a debater, blogger and Wales national team member.
Some of you may have noticed that both the Unofficial World Rankings and the Unofficial Adjusted World Rankings post have been put under password protection indefinitely. This action was taken after a rather hurried and indirect request from the organizers of WSDC 2011 who seemed to indicate that they felt it was inappropriate and should be restricted. I have reluctantly obliged so as not to offend the organizers or any other member of the WSDC community. Sadly, I was unable to prevent Google from keeping a cache copy of both posts, hopefully the google server will update itself and remove those caches before they are located.
I would however like to clarify a few things.
- The list is ‘UNOFFICIAL‘ meaning that they were the result of an individual who perhaps had too much time on his hands. I did NOT communicate with any member of the organizing committee, Chief Adjudicator or member of the Chief Adjudication Panel (CAP) to obtain the list.
- In fact, the list was calculated using data easily obtained from previous WSDC events. The list was publicly calculable. Those who are bored and are interested could calculate the numbers themselves, but I’d advise against posting them publicly since the organizers clearly don’t approve. All I did was take last year’s rankings and extended them, using the identical method, with results for WSDC 2010 included and results for WSDC 2007 removed.
- The fact that it was an unofficial list means that IT IS INACCURATE. The CAs may use a different method of calculation, take more things into account or any random combination of variables. The long and short is that this is what could happen if the same methods are used. Do not assume the CAs will necessarily use the same method this year as was used last year.
- I have not tampered with the numbers, I have not personally placed one team higher or lower in anyway and I do not intended to offend or insult any judge, debater, coach or nation. All in all, the NUMBERS were NOT intended to be biased.
Hopefully this clarifies some of the questions that have been thrown at me since the release of these posts. I’m not sure if the CAs will release a ranking prior to the July announcement of the draw or whether they will just announce the draw without the rankings. In either case, we can now only wait for the motions (June 1) and draw (early July).