Quote: SmithF wrote in post #13
Whether the judges' decision was right or not should not be a part of this discussion, if what's under scrutiny is the failure of some people to behave like adults. Verbally insulting someone on the street is considered a crime in most civilized countries (even if we rarely go to court about such stuff), and it should not be allowed at the ETC either.
I would not dismiss this as a small issue. As an ETC player, I want to be sure that being in the venue is safe, and that anyone can bring their friends and family to watch the event and share the fun.
1) Judge competence should always be a part of this discussion, especially after he was proved wrong - with rules of the tournament as a proof.
2) Verbally insulting - from what I've heard he was called "worst judge" and a "bad person" and it was 1 hour after ending of the event. I would rather call it an honest evaluation of his work. I also heard that as a response another penalty point was given and added to the score (1 hour after event ended - that's some "competent" judgment...)
3) "Behave like adults". It seems some people mistake being adult with being a sheep. Protecting your rights and insisting that agreed rules are followed (you could call it a letter of the law in this situation) is something normal in most civilized countries.
4) When I watch any competition, I like to see best player or team win and not the one with the best "judge" - doesn't matter if that happens on purpose or not.