[CQ-Contest] How contests gain and preserve popularity?

VR2BrettGraham vr2bg at harts.org.hk
Thu Mar 17 19:27:20 PDT 2011

R3/SM6LRR said:

> It seems to me that RDXC organizers have partly closed their eyes and not
> communicated well enough with different types of participants. The people
> who organize the contest belong to the elite of contesters in the world.
> They win WRTC, they place themselves in leading positions in major
> international contests. They are truly competitive people, but they have
> according to my opinion, started to loose some of the important 
> contact with
> the ordinary "customers" - the casual participants of the contest!
> In their strive to make the contest the most fair contest in the 
> world, they
> have developed a bit of "tunnel-vision" syndrome , that mainly focuses on
> the topscorers. They somewhat seem to have forgotten that the 
> foundation of
> a successful contest is the huge amount of ordinary participants that 
> create
> the pileups for the big guns. If RDXC with their decisions make it 
> more and
> more difficult, the vast majority of common operators might sooner or 
> later
> come to the conclusion that "this contest is not for me anymore".
> Another mistake that RDXC organizers have made according to my opinion, is
> to close themselves inside a cocoon. They receive questions via the
> reflectors or emails (and even in person), but they refuse to communicte
> with the "customers". If people have doubts of how to interpret the rules,
> then it is not enough to just write FAQ answers on the homepage.

Read that again, but don't say "RDXC" when you come across it.  Sound 

I would love to compare notes with SM6LRR over a few beers, about what 
it is like living in a civil society where some are different than others.

I imagine it will be a stretch to get our heads around the rules only 
applying to the elite - I believe we both live in places where it is 
that the rules DO NOT apply to them...

There are also other parallels between radiosporting & other aspects to 
where we live that I suspect we might see parallels to places recently 
in the news where the masses are fed up with the current state-of-play - 
which ironically is why today the places we both live in are the way 
they currently are.

73, ex-VR2BG/p.

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