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Re: [CQ-Contest] Consider This Fellow Contesters

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Consider This Fellow Contesters
From: "Milt, N5IA" <n5ia@zia-connection.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 09:34:06 -0700
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Thanks John,

Very well written and articulated.

Now let's see if the community of posters can live up to higher expectations 
and raise the bar.

73 de Milt, N5IA

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <K1AR@aol.com>
To: <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2010 9:24 AM
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Consider This Fellow Contesters

> All,
> 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 
> competitors
> 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 that
> 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
> go.
> Think about it and  thanks for reading.
> 73 John,  K1AR
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