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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] Competitor Scoring Directors


Thread: [Acro] Competitor Scoring Directors

Message: [Acro] Competitor Scoring Directors

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From: Brian Howard <BK at>

Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 21:12:05 UTC


  Virginia Jacobson asked:

Is there anything in the rules that would prohibit a competitor from being
score keeper?

The quick answer is "no," but there probably should be. As with the rules we
have for competitors on the judging line and no relatives judging, it's not
so much that everyone is looking for the first opportunity to cheat, but
rather to avoid even the appearance that score tampering could occur. Making
a competitor the scoring director puts that person into a very awkward
situation with their peers as well. Of course, it also means you would have
to have two scoring directors instead of just one since the competitor
obviously can't enter scores for his own category, and probably doesn't want
to be tied up working the category before they fly either.

So, nothing in the rules directly prohibits it, but to avoid any appearances
of impropriety, I would NOT do it. Only in an EXTREME volunteer shortage
situation and as a last resort should a competitor be used as one of the
scoring directors. Even then, as I said, you'll need two. That brings up
further issues such as which one will then be responsible for the end of
contest tabulations, final standings, calculating the various secondary
awards, and all the things that usually make scoring directors late to the

Brian Howard
Chairman, IAC Rules Committee


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