[CQ-Contest] Posting Scores

W0MU Mike Fatchett w0mu at w0mu.com
Wed Mar 25 21:07:47 EDT 2015

Nobody if forcing anyone to do anything.  How can we possibly share the 
excitement and fun a better way?

Even if every contest had a scoreboard feature nobody said you had to 
look at it.

How boring would hockey or football be if nobody was allowed to watch.

What other sport has no scoreboard?  No way to to gauge how you are doing?

Big Egos at play?  Do you think the WRTC team that came from behind to 
take 2nd or 3rd cared about the scoreboard.

I see a lot of people blaming a non existent system for reason why they 
might lose.  Oh I might relax a bit......Why would you do this?  If you 
do that is your choice.

Sorry the top guys go full bore all the time.

Ken,  How many people have you invited over to watch your contest. The 
first question out of their mouths is who is winning..............  
Webcams and scoreboards could very well encourage people to try 
contesting or ham radio.

What suggestions do you have to increase participation?

Scoreboards can be set up to have delayed scores, block certain data 
pieces from being sent etc.

What I have found is most of the nay Sayers are quick to complain, yet 
have no ideas on how to better the "sport".  It is all about Me me me me me.

Live scoring is not that far away.  What are you going to do then? Quit?

Mike W0MU

On 3/25/2015 1:26 PM, Ken Widelitz wrote:
> I’ve been reading this thread and having a hard time understanding why 
> anyone who is seriously competing would want to tell their competitors 
> how they are doing.
> I’ve never looked at a scoreboard, except for WRTC 2014, and I was not 
> competing against the WRTC competitors. Of course, for the most part I 
> operate unassisted, so I’m not seeing where the competition is 
> operating. But even in my serious assisted efforts, virtually 
> exclusively in phone contests, I don’t want to look at a scoreboard.
> If I saw I was way ahead, I would get complacent. If I saw I was way 
> behind I would get discouraged, not motivated. But that is what I know 
> about myself.
> This aspect of our hobby is called “contesting.” It is a competition. 
> Why help your competition by telling them how you are doing if they 
> have a personality where it might motivate them?
> I have a hard time believing that watching a scoreboard is going to 
> attract non contesting hams to contesting. Watching an actual 
> operation to see the fun and actually operating is going to do that.
> 73, Ken, K6LA / VY2TT

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