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Re: [CQ-Contest] Cheating

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Cheating
From: David Gilbert <xdavid@cis-broadband.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:35:45 -0700
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20% MIGHT be a reasonable figure for a ham radio contest ... but only because it represents such a narrow slice of life. Overall, though, the percentage of people who are inclined to repeatedly cheat in some facet of their lives is MUCH higher than that ... pushing 100%, I'd say. Things ranging from coasting through a stop sign, fudging on tax returns, having an affair, lying for personal advantage, etc.

My point is simply that radiosport is no different than anything else we do, and studies have shown that, if anything, the perceived lack of significant reward associated with winning a contest actually an enabler for cheating ... people feel it's OK to cheat because nothing of real value is being denied to anyone else.

The most significant enabler of cheating in radiosport, of course, is the lack of visibility. People are FAR more likely to cheat in the dark ... if nobody can see them do it and the chances of getting caught are slim. I'd bet that the percentage of cheaters would skyrocket if the chance to win was there for everyone .. right now most people who might otherwise be willing to cheat probably don't bother because it wouldn't help them win anyway.

Dave   AB7E

On 8/22/2016 7:13 AM, Zack Widup wrote:
I think it's human nature for SOME people to cheat. I'd guess it's not more
than 20%.

73, Zack W9SZ

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