[CQ-Contest] Consider This Fellow Contesters

N7mal n7mal at citlink.net
Thu Jul 22 16:17:52 PDT 2010

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 

Everyone in the world is
entitled to be burdened
by my opinion

----- Original Message ----- 
From: K1AR at aol.com
To: cq-contest at contesting.com
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

More information about the CQ-Contest mailing list