A relatively newer type of debate that gets dissed on by policy and LDer kids primarily because in Public Forum, you debate about current events, don't wear sweater vests, and actually have to use logic, sources, and speaking SKILLs to PERSUADE your judge.
Public Forum is meant to be a spectator event, meaning, unlike LD or Policy, you can't spam your judge and talk at 6 words a second. Policy, LD, and Congress kids usually diss PF, but end up getting raped when they try it because a normal person (i.e. your potential PF judge) doesnt want to see a short sweaty kid in a sweater vest talk about nuclear war caused by helping penguins and all other sorts of batshit not relevant to reality at a speed unfathonable to the human ear.
Side Note: PF kids might also be able to do sports and other athletic things because we dont research for 5 hours a day on the growing patterns of corn for the production of corn ethanol or some other policy shit. MEANING...we can probably kick your ass physically outside a round.
Policy Kid: "Public forum is so stupid! I'll try it at my next tournament and win!"
*After first PF round*
Policy Kid: "OW MY ASS!!!! I GOT RAPED IN THE ASSSSS! I DONT GET IT! I MINDLESS SPEWED RESEARCH AND MY OPPONENTS USED LOGIC AND BASIC INTELLIGENCE ACCESSIBLE TO AN EVERYDAY AMERICAN! HOW DID THEY WIN???"