Welcome to DebateTrade.com, where you can get debate research, cases, and speeches without needing to pay. Once you upload one of your research files, you can trade–you choose to share your research one-on-one with other students in return for getting their research. This site ensures secure sharing through an automated reputation system. Here’s how it works:
- You upload your files.
- You find debate files you want on the site, which have been uploaded by others (or wait for others to request a trade for your files).
- You make an offer to trade some of your files (your choice) in exchange for another person’s material.
- The other person can accept or reject your offer, make a counteroffer, or block you.
- NO files are revealed to anyone unless one party offers and the other accepts, at which point the traded files are instantly made available to both parties.
- After you trade, you rate the files you receive. Ratings given to a user’s files determine their reputation, and help prevent scammers. View all Reputations in the “Past Trades” page.
The email to activate your account may end up in your spam folder. Please either check your spam, or whitelist “firstname.lastname@example.org” with your email provider. Here’s how to whitelist.
Watch the above video to learn how to use the site. To test out the process of trading, you can go to the Tutorial forum, post something random, and make a trade offer to our sample post.
We are not trying to steal your material. You can attach files to posts directly, and we will never see them. However, if you don’t feel comfortable posting your files directly to the site, there’s an alternative solution.
Convert your files to Google docs, and instead of creating a post with the material attached, create a post with the url (not the shareable link, just the url) of your Google doc. Once you and another party agree to trade, you will each get an email giving contact info for the other person. If you don’t wish to trade using the email address you registered with, there’s a gmail field in your user profile which you can fill out. The site will send that email to other users, rather than the email you registered with. Once the trade has been accepted, share the files immediately, or risk getting a one-star rating. This alternate method gives the benefits of the reputation system while alleviating security concerns.
How to Upload
- To upload your files, go to the “Browse Files” page and find the appropriate forum. Once there, upload material as a “Topic,“ under “Create New Topic” in a forum. That way only you and the people you trade the topic to can see it.
- Do NOT upload files as a “Reply” to another topic, as those are visible to everyone. However, if you want to post something everyone can see, such as a comment on a topic, then do post it as a reply.
- Only upload attachment files that are less than 4MB, like PDFs or Word documents. If you have a video or audio file and want to trade it, please do NOT upload whole audio files or videos directly to the site! (We’ll run out of space!) Instead, put larger files in a google drive folder, and upload the url for the folder or file. Once the trade is accepted you can share the folder.
- When you trade for a post, you should rate it, anywhere from 1 to 5 stars. 1 star indicates a scammer, 5 indicates someone with quality material. The user rating, which appears next to a user’s name, along with the number of ratings they’ve been given, is comprised of the average of post ratings they’ve been given. People with low ratings should generally be avoided, as they may not follow through.
- If you want to comment on a post, you can make a “Reply.” These are visible to everyone. If a post is good, you can leave a nice comment, and if it’s bad, you can leave a comment warning others.
- To select more than one post in the multi-select when making an offer or responding to an offer, Ctrl-Click each post.
- The “Want“ profile field should be set to the kinds of material you are looking for. This field is displayed next to any file offered, so that when you are scrolling through a forum, you can see files you want and immediately know whether you have something of interest to the author.
- You may NOT delete your posts. This is to prevent people from trading to obtain other files, and then deleting their post before another user sees it. If you create a post and don’t want people to see the contents, you can edit the post to delete the contents, but the possibility of receiving a bad rating remains.
- If another user is proposing trades, and you don’t want to interact with them, you can click to respond to their offer, and then block them. If you change your mind, you can unblock them by clicking on your Profile, then “Blocked Users.”
- Don’t scam. 😀
-the DebateTrade.com team