[CQ-Contest] Logs public for high scorers

Scott Robbins w4pa at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 13 13:03:03 EDT 2007

>I think there are a number of reasons not to do this.  For one, the contest 
>committee is in a much better position to question and adjudicate 
>irregularities.  That's why they get the big bucks (sic).  Opening the logs 
>to public scrutiny results in mayhem on this and other boards and in the 
>long run is not healthy for our sport.  Publishing logs is also a mammoth 
>task requiring a lot of server space with no real return except to provide 
>fodder for malcontents and nit pickers.  Many participants, and in 
>particular new or small to moderate entrants, are often sensitive when it 
>comes to the publishing of logs that reveal their competency level.  They 
>are generally trying to improve their skills, and accept adjudication of 
>errors, but don't really want the entire contest community bashing them in a 
>public forum.  To them it is sort of like being tied to a post and beaten in 
>the public square.  If you want to reduce the participation in contests, 
>this is a sure fire way to do it.

So let's do it the way the CQWW rules mandate -- that high-scoring entrants
have to allow logs to be public at the discretion of the CQWW committee as a
condition of entering the contest.  That keeps the newer or casual contesters
from getting beat up publicly -- which isn't the goal anyway.  Why not have
CQWW put up the top 10 logs in each major category like SOABHP, M/S, M/M and
maybe top 5 for some of the smaller categories like single band?   

I would have no problem whatsoever for logs with a top 5 or top 10 score in
every category for every contest to be publicly posted when the results of the
contest are made public.  I've posted my UBN/NIL passwords publicly before and
have always handed over copies of my logs to people that have asked to look at
them once the log submission period has passed; I can't think of any good
reason not to do so.  What are they gonna learn, that I moved some mults on the
second radio?  That I like 20 meters?  I mean, really...

What's the big deal?

Scott W4PA

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