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Sure, but they also just allowed companies including Nick's to give it a try in San Diego. Had that been a clear success (which it wasn't, from my understanding), then that might have resulted in certification or at least getting used more going forward.

The August date seems nonsense since December is clearly well after August, and also characterization of “it worked great!” seems in contradiction with what I heard from participants who dealt with the hiccups.

If the accusation was instead:

“I was allowed to show off my technology at the San Diego NABC and the ACBL even let me run some events on it. There were some problems that might or might not have been my fault. As a result, I am not going to be running any events in Philadelphia and the ACBL is figuring out a method for certification to iron out hiccups in advance rather than subjecting players to issues like that again.”

then that wouldn't be nearly as inflammatory, cause upset, etc. Should the ACBL figure out that process and get rolling? Of course. But the allegation was intentionally phrased in such a way as to cast the ACBL and Jay in as bad a light as possible with little attention paid to accuracy.
March 5
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Did Nick ask for and get denied access to this software?
March 5
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Interesting how Nick's company was providing services in Nov/December in San Diego but was told to stop in August. Also interesting how no such message was ever broadcast (that I'm aware of) to unit/district leadership about this. A less dramatic way to phrase this might be “the ACBL wants to certify software to be used in tournaments, but hasn't figured that process out yet” but that wouldn't be as inflammatory.
March 5
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http://bfy.tw/GwKG

So you re-posted allegations from someone who has an axe to grind in a public place without taking any time to understand what those allegations are actually attesting?

Instead of furiously copy pasting something which has already been posted multiple times, perhaps you could take a few seconds to comprehend the actual accusations? Along with that, perhaps a 5 second google search to figure out who to send this to at the ACBL instead of the CEO.
March 5
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Bahar has answered all of my questions. Did he refuse to answer Nick's questions? Did his BOD rep refuse to answer questions?
March 5
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This accusation lacks specifics on exactly what those 1.2M links are because that might take away from the dramatic sound of the accusation.
March 5
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I don't think everyone involved would say that everything worked great. At least, I heard comments from directors to the contrary. I don't think banning a technology showcase is accurate, did the ACBL actually say that Nick's company isn't allowed to set up a table and show off their technology? Or did they say that they wouldn't be using them for events in Philadelphia? I'm personally excited to see Bahar moving forward on technology and if skipping an NABC to work out kinks or whatever else seems appropriate to leadership, then what is the problem?
March 5
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FB doesn't use the freemium model, thecommongame doesn't appear to use the freemium model. “Completely free services with no ads” isn't the freemium model, it is the free model.
March 5
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These accusations seemed embellished and in poor taste when first posted and I'm not sure how that has changed.

That said, a large part of my opinion is based on the impression that Nick is very focused on profit while Jay has given the impression of:

1) Providing significant services to the bridge community without trying to maximize profit
2) Provided those services with significantly less drama, issues, etc than Nick has managed to accomplish in the past.

He claims that Jay is using the freemium model, but I don't see any method to upgrade and pay more for extra services. I went to every single page I could find and the only way to make money is to “donate” for no extra benefit. That's not a freemium model. In addition, he references facebook using freemium but FB doesn't use a freemium model. FB makes money from ads. I look for all these ads on thecommongame.com and fail to see any. I look for ads/revenue making tactics in the emails from thecommongame.com and continue to fail to see any.

The only question I actually want answered is: “How much $ is the ACBL paying Jay Whipple's company for services rendered?”. My assumption is that it is a lot less than market rate and with significantly fewer issues/drama/headaches for the ACBL than they have experienced with Nick in the past.

Should they add a route to certification? Sure, but if that is the issue then that should be the focus rather than suggesting that Jay Whipple resign which seems unnecessary.
March 5
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Hi Jay,

Thank you for taking the time to answer questions! It seems like you have consistently been a force for driving technology forward in the ACBL.

On to the questions:

1) What do you feel are the next 3-5 technologies/tools that the ACBL and/or your company should consider building in order to improve the bridge experience in the ACBL?

2) Similarly, what are your long term dreams of technologies/tools that would be really cool but are further down the road?

3) What do you think is the most practical way to reduce effective size of the BOD in a way that might actually happen? For example, would rotating district representation to the board (4 years on, 8 years off) be more possible than trying to collapse districts?

4) The Spring NABC schedule has a giant hole on Sunday for those who are not old enough for the silver ribbons. Bahar was proactive about reaching out in order to solve the issue and there was some discussion of fixing it in San Diego but when it made it to the BOD nothing happened. Will something be done in order to make sure this gets fixed before 2019? For context: https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/acbl-scheduling-adjusting-spring-nabc-schedule-to-avoid-excluding-certain-gendersages/ . Two comments worth highlighting imo are Adam P's: (add ?cj=548233#c548233 to the link) and Adam M's (add ?cj=549503#c549503 to the link) with followup comments. I have also seen a variety of friends/people I know also make plans in previous years and/or this year to either wait until after the mixed pairs to come or (if a short flight) go for the first event, go home for 4 days, then come back for the last two events.

5) What are your thoughts on offering more events at NABCs to reduce periods where people have nothing to play? For example, 3 day events with nothing starting on the 2nd day (plat pairs), events that are gender restricted with no parallel open event (mixed pairs), and 3 day events where the event starting the next day is gender restricted (last weekend of summer and fall NABCs)?
March 1
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I've been down a lot twice. The first time our Day 2 Vanderbilt team had roughly 1500 points total and were in it for the experience and there was not a single hint of a suggestion by the other team that we withdraw. They were fine/pleasant/etc throughout and it was a great experience that several members have mentioned having great memories of years later. The other time there was definitely pressure from the other team to withdraw even when it was clear that at least some people on our team weren't eager to do so and I thought the dynamic was just really uncomfortable. We ended up withdrawing, but the whole experience did make me question the current approach where the people who apply pressure to get a withdrawal will benefit with more rest over the teams that don't.
Feb. 26
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Lots of great books that one shouldn't miss. For the author I read the most of when I was learning I think that would be Lawrence. I found his style very engaging and it was easy to go through his books in one or two sittings. He also covered a wide variety of topics and his play the X with Mike Lawrence was fun too.

For single favorite book I would go with How the Experts Win at Bridge. Very easy reading, packed full of great information.
Feb. 26
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The higher ranks increase in gold requirements and then platinum requires 100 platinum points.
Feb. 18
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I don't know that the people who can't get the gold to hit LM are in huge need of more/harder goals.
Feb. 18
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I would consider it a limit raise, but wouldn't be upset at a partner who felt otherwise
Feb. 14
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I don't really get the furor over a “national title”. If it doesn't count for GLM status, then the “national title” is just a marketing ploy.
Feb. 11
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SoundCloud is usually how I see people sharing podcasts in a place that's easy for people to access with a browser.
Feb. 9
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Flag it for moderator attention. I'll do it as well.
Feb. 9
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I never would have imagined anything other than moderate extras getting more than a couple votes. Shows how little I know!
Feb. 9
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@Richard Reitman: Can you share a link to this simulation?
Feb. 9
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