The Contesting Reflector has had some long threads based on a decision by a potential top ten team to not send in their logs to the CQ WW CW Contest Committee. Their reason for doing so was that the Committee, without their permission, would publish their entire log (and that of all competitors) on the Internet. The Contest Committee reasoning is that this would provide “sunshine” on the logs and help eliminate cheating (as if their log checking programs for the contest were not enough…).
The team’s arguments for not submitting the logs were that it was their log, the Committee did not have their permission to release them and it was therefore a privacy issue. In addition, there was the fear that other hams will nefariously accuse contest operators of the public logs as having cheated without any recourse from the Contest Committee, potentially ruining reputations. Or at least having to defend reputations.
After publicly stating their disagreement with the Committee decisions on the rules, but wanting to participate in the contest, the “presumed guilty of something” started in full force.
If there is nothing to hide and you stand behind your score then what do you have to worry about?
I guess if you are not intending to follow the rules then don’t operate or don’t submit your logs for consideration of winning an award.
I suspect there are other reasons why you don’t wish to play along with the CQ contest committee and this is just a ‘smoke screen’.
I won’t bother with the rest; you get the idea.
Now picture a new contester on the Contest Reflector seeing a valid reason for not turning in the logs and being attacked as if this were an offense the same level as a crime.
Or picture multiple casual contesters seeing this sort of faux outrage who have been interested in contesting, want to get more serious about it, and then have this stuff thrown in their face.
Based on the reaction of the reactionaries, I’d not submit my log either. I’d go on my nice little contest DXpedition, operate the contest and submit my log to LoTW so people can get their confirmations — without seeing my log — and call it a day.
I could care less now in my ham career about winning, but I always wanted to submit my log to help the log checkers. But, based on the reaction of the “presumed guilty” crowd and not even thinking of the merits of the reasons given for the action, I’ll pass on that. I don’t need the grief.
We used to be a “presumed innocent” hobby. What a long way we have come.