I am not complaining here or even suggesting that any vote I have cast which was removed was wrongly removed. I'm just stating something that might not have been considered.
I read whiteflame's debate with the new guy, whatever his name is, and while Whiteflame won and the other guy lost, there were numerous aspects of the debate that I simply don't have time to write out a comprehensive RFD for.
In the past I know I have argued for sufficient RFD's and for tougher voting standards and so I know how hypocritical it is for me to be saying this now, but this is the reality: an RFD which imposes upon me 30 plus minutes of typing (which is probably what it would have taken for an RFD that passes the new voting policies given what that debate was) is prohibitive for me to vote on it. It wouldn't have been when I was in graduate school or even law school, but now that I have a job and my whole day gets eaten up with work stuff... and given that I am exhausted by the time I get home, I'm too tired to do anything.
So I won't probably be casting many more votes on more complex debates. That would mean that someone like me, whose job it is to make decisions on the basis of the strength or weakness of arguments (and who charges hundreds of dollars per hour do do that, which clients pay) will not be voting when I otherwise might.
Should the policy be changed to accommodate me? Without discussing the individual merits of whether I think the voting policies are good or not -- which I make no comment on either way -- policies generally should not be modified to fit one person; because they are set for what is best for the site, generally, not particular users. However, we run into the same problem: I'm not voting because I don't have the time to type out an RFD when I have the energy, or the energy, when I have the time.
Is this best for the site? Idk probably overall because most of the people who are going to be voting have more time than they know what to do with, and that is exactly the kind of person whose votes should be evaluated with particular scrutiny. I wonder if Whiteflame's debate will be voted on, nevertheless. Will the RFD that isn't deleted get the right result for the right reasons?
Maybe. Maybe not. But what incentive does that provide for debaters?
I suppose if they're debating for the mere satisfaction of debating, they're already well and good. But that's not how I roll. When I debate, I play for keeps... always. Maybe others aren't as competitive. Who knows.