I wanted to post to seek inquiry about how we can continue to improve Debate Central.
We have received some encouraging data. The website had 40% more visits in September than August. We had over 110% more page views, visitors viewed twice as many pages per visit and our direct traffic jumped almost 80% (Source: Google Analytics).
We've hosted two workshops, spoken to hundreds of students, done dozens of case critiques, published several in-depth articles featuring some of debate's best thinkers as well as topic analyses, offered tons of free evidence and topical website links and recorded dozens of debates (posting forthcoming, please pardon my technical difficulties).
However, we know we have a lot left to do. There's an ocean between where our current offerings are and where we would like them to be.
For starters, our Topic Resources attracted over 1,000 links. I look forward to greatly bolstering this area of the website in response to demand. Do the visitors of these resources have any feedback about what kind of information would be most useful? I would be happy to produce or round up whatever is needed to help!
I could also do a much better job of offering *analysis* instead of just posting links. I've enjoyed reading all the articles but I realize that the topics don't always jump off the page. However, I'm convinced that if more readers knew why the Tiangong-1 launch mattered, more would follow along for more active links.
Do people have other ideas about major improvements? We really are happy to implement whatever improvements are requested.
Brian Rubaie, Director
brian dot rubaie at ncpa dot org