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Re: [CQ-Contest] Contesting and cheating

To: "'Kelly Taylor'" <ve4xt@mts.net>, <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Contesting and cheating
From: "Paul J. Piercey" <p.piercey@nl.rogers.com>
Reply-to: vo1he@rac.ca
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 14:37:09 -0000
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: cq-contest-bounces@contesting.com 
> [mailto:cq-contest-bounces@contesting.com] On Behalf Of Kelly Taylor
> Sent: December 17, 2007 00:12
> To: cq-contest@contesting.com
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] Contesting and cheating
> It seems to me that some of the cures suggested for cheating 
> are worse than the disease.
> Contest software that self-destructs? Is this Mission Impossible? 
> Clandestine receiving stations around the world? What, the 
> cold war of contesting?
> Really. Some of this stuff is approaching the hyperbole and 
> hysteria surrounding some of the great social engineering 
> blunders in history: Reefer Madness, Prohibition, the 
> Crusades. All in the name of what, making sure that 10,852nd 
> position is awarded fairly?
> Yes, logs at the top of meaningful distinctions (Top US, Top 
> DX, Top Asia,
> etc.) probably could use some more scrutiny. But I have yet 
> to see evidence that what we require is a total, 
> authoritarian, Big Brother crackdown on everybody.

So it's OK to cheat in the bottom or middle of the pack but not OK to cheat
to win? Sorry, that just seems a little condescending to those of us who
provide those much-needed points to the winners. I will most likely never
win a major contest but I should have the same expectation of fairness that
my position is accurate as anyone else in the contest.

73 -- Paul VO1HE 

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