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Aug. 24, 2018
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Comment by Rainer Herrmann flagged by the community as political and removed. Please, no references to outside politics on our site.
Aug. 21, 2018
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This is not an appropriate forum to discuss questionable, specific activities of other people who can be identified. The proper avenue for recourse in this case is to contact BBO. See http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bw-policy-on-cheating-allegations/ for our policy on cheating allegations.
Aug. 20, 2018
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The BW community has flagged posts in this subthread by Gene Saxe and Richard Willey as personal attacks. These posts have been removed. You are free to give your opinion, but not if you do so by name-calling or demeaning the abilities of those you are talking to.
Aug. 20, 2018
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The community has flagged a comment by John Blubaugh as off-topic and offensive, and it has been removed. Please keep your discussions related to bridge and away from sensitive matters such as politics and religion.
Aug. 19, 2018
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Comment by Scott Stearns flagged by the community as offensive and it has been removed.
Aug. 19, 2018
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Comment by Chris Hasney flagged by the community as offensive and off-topic and removed.
Aug. 11, 2018
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We only remove comments that multiple members of the community find offensive enough to flag. Just because you personally think a comment is okay doesn't mean it's allowed – if enough people hate it enough to flag it, it goes.
Aug. 6, 2018
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A comment by Alan Frank has been flagged by the community as offensive, especially in the context of a congratulations thread, and removed.
Aug. 6, 2018
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And a comment by Christopher Monsour was removed for the same reason. Try to express your thoughts without referencing contemporary politics, or it WILL be removed.
Aug. 3, 2018
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The political figure you mentioned is not only still alive, but controversial enough to have people either passionately admire or detest. Keep such people who inspire strong and different opinions on matters unrelated to bridge off our site, please.
July 29, 2018
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Everyone - I will have to remind you that 1) personal attacks are not tolerated on this site. 2) references to contemporary political figures that are not directly related to bridge are not tolerated on this site. 3) Reposting a controversial comment that was removed by the moderators is not tolerated on this site. Further flouting of these rules will result in suspension of posting privileges.
July 29, 2018
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Gentlemen. Please take this to private messages if you have a problem with each other.
July 28, 2018
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Even the edited comment is still drawing frequent flags. Comment removed due to the community labeling it as a personal attack.
July 28, 2018
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There is something odd going on with the bottoms of articles getting cut off at random intervals. Refreshing will make it go away, but we need to track down why this is occurring and fix it.
July 27, 2018
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OK, this subthread has gotten way off topic. With the permission of the author, I'm removing it now.
July 27, 2018
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After my first-hand involvement in bringing this article to publication, I had no desire to enter the comments and wished to let the article speak for itself. However, since the President-Emeritus of the IBPA, Mr. Sandsmark, has chosen to weigh in, I wish to clarify the details of my conversations with the IBPA and other organizations.

After Mr. Clark presented his evidence to me privately, I contacted Barry Rigal, the current IBPA President, with some of these preliminary findings, and stated that we would prefer to handle this matter privately. I then asked him:


“As President of the IBPA, can you tell me if the IBPA is the appropriate organization to send charges of plagiarism by a WBF Bridge Bulletin writer, or is this out of your jurisdiction? And if it is the appropriate organization, where should we send the evidence?”


After consulting with IBPA chairman Per Jannersten, Mr. Rigal told me that it was not a matter for the IBPA to adjudicate. Further questioning elicited the statement: “I don't think the fact that a member of IBPA is accused of any specific offense IS the IBPA business. The conclusion might be of interest; if so we will consider reporting it.”

A similar process was repeated at the WBF, EBL, and ACBL in an attempt to deal with the matter through official channels. The emails were acknowledged and some of the emails were forwarded to Mr. Horton himself. He attempted to pass off the initial evidence with, “it is possible that I may have inadvertently on occasion forgotten to edit a piece.” When confronted with even more evidence, he became far more aggressive, defending himself in a manner similar to his editorial in the July issue of “A New Bridge Magazine.” After a month's time, no official response was given to us.

Bridge Winners' preference is to handle allegations of wrongdoing through proper, official channels. When those channels break down and do not respond to what we view as a clear, provable violation that involves our game, we publish an article such as this one as a last course of action.

We do not do so lightly; we understand the cost involved. However, it's incorrect of Mr. Sandsmark to defend Mr. Horton’s behavior as a “lapse in judgement.” “Lapse” is defined in the dictionary as a “temporary failure.” Mr. Horton, a professional journalist, has been shown to have plagiarized on a repeated, consistent basis for many years. It is also incorrect to claim that Mr. Horton has been blindsided and has not had the opportunity to defend himself; on the contrary, he has had ample opportunity, as can be seen from the events above and his magazine editorial (which was published before ours). Had he admitted wrongdoing and promised to change his behavior, we likely would have dropped the matter. As it stands now, we have no confidence that he will change. As Shireen Mohandes stated elsewhere in this thread, due to actions taken by him in the past, an organization that he has worked for has been successfully sued for copyright infringement. Going forward, if you are a dues-paying member of a bridge organization that employs him, you should have a right to know the risk they are taking on by continuing to do so.
July 26, 2018
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Comment by Richard Pavlicek flagged by the community as referencing a current political figure and removed. Please, do not bring up current political figures on this site unless they are implementing policies directly related to bridge, or the comments will be removed.
July 25, 2018
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Kieran -

To be specific, by “non-bridge politics” I meant politics that have nothing to do with bridge, not politics that is not bridge politics. Obviously if there are politics that directly impact bridge, they are fair game for discussion.
July 25, 2018
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