THE FINAL FOUR: IT’S ON BITCHES!!!

Hey guys. I took a tiny little xanga break for the last three days. Recharged my batteries a bit. Now that I am back it’s time to get down to the last rounds of the xanga debate tournament. It is officially CRUNCH TIME!!!

Can you feel the tension in the air? Are you ready for the drama that is about to unfold before your eyes? We are down to just four debaters, all vying for the opportunity to be crowned Uber-Nerd Numero Uno. Dreams will be fulfilled, hearts will be broken, tears of joy and of sorrow will be shed. In no way am I exaggerating. All of this will happen right before your eyes.

Our first final four matchup was slated to be the 2 seed vs. the 3 Seed. However, the 6 Seed will be filling in for the 3 in this debate. If the 6 is able to win it for the 3 then the 3 will be in the final. Is that fair? I don’t give a shit. Life is not fair sometimes. DEAL!

As always I remind you to be objective. Read and let me know who deserves to be in the final four. Please keep in mind that we are voting on who had the more well structured argument and not which stance you agree with. The participants were not allowed to choose their topics or which side they were arguing.

Topic: Are contests/competitions a form of comment whoring?

Opening Statements:
2 Seed (Con) – Contests, challenges and competitions on xanga are valid forms of blogging aimed at encouraging discussion, inspiring content and expanding contacts. Many contests are designed to increase traffic to various sites either by having participants post their entries on their own sites and driving traffic there to read and/or vote, or having multiple host sites for different phases of the contest, as this debate tournament has done. The term “comment whoring” implies brazen acts of self-promotion and a selfish hoarding of traffic and comments, whereas contests generally cause a redistribution of xanga traffic from the contest creator’s site to the sites of the participants and hosts. This is a win for xanga, the contest creator and the competitors.

6 Seed (Pro) – Not only are contests and competitions a form of comment whoring, they are the smartest and most effective form of comment whoring. Contests are a great way to get some guaranteed recs. Think about this. One of the only widely accepted instances where it is acceptable to ask for a rec is during a contest. People willingly aid the comment whore because it is a contest and that is what you are supposed to do.

Also when you make a contest you get people invested into your page. Now they have a temporary stake in what goes on in your posts. This is a great way to keep them coming back. Only they are not coming back for your content. They are coming back only to see if they won. You have no problem with this as the contest host, so long as those traffic numbers stay up. You my friend, are a comment whore.

Rebuttals:
2 Seed It is a gross generalization to label all xangans who hold a contest with the appellation “comment whore.” Two of the biggest contests ever held on xanga, Xangan Idol and Miss XangAmerica, were held by popular bloggers who had no need to resort to desperate measures for comments. In both instances, contestants were given writing or photo challenges to post on their own sites which were then linked by the more popular site. These set the precedent for the majority of contests that followed, generously driving traffic and encouraging comments to the contestants’ sites and sometimes elevating a little-known blogger to a level of popularity which may have otherwise taken months or even years of blogging to achieve. This is hardly the act of a self-indulgent “comment whore.”

6 Seed – You are effectively supporting my point in your rebuttal. The very genius of contests/competitions as a form of comment whoring is the fact that they involve other sites. This gives the appearance of unselfishness to readers. This is exactly why it is such an effective form of comment whoring. Whether or not the host of the contest is doing so intentionally is purely speculative.

The only reason why someone would disagree that contests are comment whoring is because of the negative connotation that the term “comment whoring” carries with it. To put it in milder terms, comment whoring is just trying to find a way to boost traffic to your site. There are just different degrees of how “whorish” one can be in doing so.  If we look at it in these simple terms, is there any denying that contests and competitions are an effective form of comment whoring? I for one think not.
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30 comments

  1. neither one makes a strong argument, but im guessing #6 will win because they went last. that’s how it’s been going.the con argument is this: comment whoring, as a whole, makes xanga look really tacky and drives away the people who want to read serious blogs. doing whatever you can to boost traffic to your site within the limits of what works on xanga is detrimental to the whole. use tags, post links on forums, etc. that is acceptable comment whoring because they bring in traffic from outside xanga. all these contests only promote internal traffic and drive away people who don’t care. and that is a lot of people.

  2. I agree with number 2 that comment whoring implies brazen acts of self-promotion…and I don’t think number 6 proved that competitions and contests are a form of that. I disagree that comment whoring is trying to boost traffic to your site. What’s the point of having a Xanga if you don’t want ANYONE to see it? Comment whoring is an exaggerated form of trying to boost traffic to your site. It’s the difference between working out and taking steroids.I vote for 2.

  3. Hmm… I don’t know about this one. I can’t call it because their positions weren’t very clear. Is 2 seed’s position that contests ARE comment whoring or are NOT comment whoring? 2 seed spoke mostly about terminology and not whether it is or is not comment whoring. I couldn’t tell who was really supporting which position, so I can’t say who had the better argument. I think the initial question could have been phrased better.

  4. @vanedave – Okay, rereading with that understanding, I’ll have to go with 6. I don’t think 2 supported their position at all. The supporting statements were unfounded and ambiguous at best. It was like someone arguing, “Vanilla ice cream is better than chocolate ice cream, because I like vanilla.” There is no provision of proof in that statement… only opinion.

  5. @woodrowwilson – “but im guessing #6 will win because they went last. that’s how it’s been going.”Haha. I noticed that too. People in general seem to be voting either for who had the last thing to say, or who wrote the longest rebuttal. I think some people don’t actually read the entire thing and they’re just like “Oh! He wrote a longer thing so he must have a better argument or “Oh, he had the last word” so I’ll vote for him.Before I forget, I’m also voting for #2.

  6. This is my first complaint about your debates, Dave, this one just isn’t clear even after reading your comments.  They seem to be arguing something completely different than stated or clarified by you.  I’m just lost.  I guess I’d give my vote to #6 because of clearer writing…but not for stating a better argument.

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