Over the past few weeks in particular, there has been a significant
increase in personal attacks and mudslinging on this channel. Someone aptly
pointed out recently that rather than celebrating the enormous accomplishments
at WRTC-2010, we spent more time complaining about the impact of packet
spotting-related issues. It's no wonder that the majority of actual
have avoided posting celebratory summaries of their experiences. Someone
might chew them out for their airline selection between London and New York
or the fact that they used the Internet to catch up on email during the
flight. Or, they might simply be thinking, "Why bother with this crowd?" That
is a huge loss for us all.
I'd like to again ask for some balance. My broader concern has more to do
with the perception about contesting that is created by the subtle (and
sometimes not so subtle) bickering that takes place here. In many cases, I'm
not proud of the image we're creating for new or potential contesters.
Frankly, we often spend more time bitching than contributing useful insight
benefits contesting at large.
While Tom and I try our best to allow for an open forum, this is a
moderated list. I'd simply like to ask, via this message, that you think twice
before launching your next "nastygram." In an ideal world, the archived
version of CQ-Contest should be great fodder for the advancement of contesting
and new contester recruitment. As it currently exists, we have a long way to
Think about it and thanks for reading.
73 John, K1AR
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