Contesting by its very nature is completive. After each competition the
contesters need a place to vent, make suggestions for improvement, and
exchange ideas, whether they be good or bad. This mailing list has
traditionally been the place for the serious, and not so serious, contesters
to let off steam.
I for one do not want to see this mailing list 'sterilized'. There were
plenty of positive and negative postings about WRTC but for some reason you
only want to dwell on the negative.
This mailing list,(ohhh how I hate this term), is very Fair and Balanced and
IMHO should be left alone. After a thread has run its course, positive or
negative, we move on to the next one which some guys will like and others
won't. That's the beauty of this mailing list someone will always have an
BULLHEAD CITY, AZ
Everyone in the world is
entitled to be burdened
by my opinion
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2010 16:24
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Consider This Fellow Contesters
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
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
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?"
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,
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
before launching your next "nastygram." In an ideal world, the archived
version of CQ-Contest should be great fodder for the advancement of
and new contester recruitment. As it currently exists, we have a long way
Think about it and thanks for reading.
73 John, K1AR
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