Frequently asked questions
What is this tool for?
The PF CaseBase is a web-based tool that provides cases and instructions for drills that improve various skills for Public Forum debate. The main feature of the webpage is a case generator that pulls from a database of 500+ PF cases on every NSDA topic from Septober 2017 through present.
There’s no right or wrong way to use the CaseBase. That said, we have a drill guide linked at the top of this page with different drills you can use to target specific skills.
Why is my case on here?
Our current database consists of:
1) Cases made publically availible on
Circuit Debater and
OpenEv (work in progress)
2) Teams themselves who have submitted their cases directly
3) Teams who have asked others for permission to submit their cases
Your case probably fell under the first or third category. While we ask those who submit cases through the form to verify they have permission to share this case, our system still isn’t perfect.
If you would like us to remove your case, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your team code and reason for withdrawing.
Where can I find the evidence for these cases?
Beyond Resolved doesn’t host the full cut cards/pdfs for sources referenced in these cases. Some cases will be published (under the same team name) on Openev or CircuitDebater . Along those lines, we cannot guarantee every piece of evidence is valid under NSDA rules.
Why is the formatting awkward?
Because copy pasting from a Word Document or PDF to a spreadsheet which is then shared on a website often results in spacing issues. Additionally, the spreadsheet our program stores cases on doesn’t include different font sizes, bolded/underlined text, or indentations.
I found a case without a content warning that needs one. What should I do?
We do our best to review cases for content warnings before sharing, but if you catch something you think needs one, email email@example.com with the team code, topic, and text of the case in question and we will fix it immediately.
How can I support the CaseBase?
- Submit all the cases you can
- Send us ideas for new drills and activities
- Share this resource with your teammates
- Donate via the tip jar on our page