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If we go back to the same hotels this might infringe on the players ability to pee in the stairwells and we would wouldn't want that to happen now, would we?
June 8
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To quote Bakunin, “The urge for destruction is also a creative urge”

At some point in time, people need to realize that the ACBL is beyond salvation. Documenting their never ending string of foibles is part of this process.
June 8
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Few quick thoughts;

1. My normal reaction in a case like this one is that the written CoC trump everything else. Adjudicate this case with the existing CoC and then use this as an opportunity to fix / improve the CoC so there isn't a repeat of this whole mess in the future. However, in this case, we have a conflicting tension - apparently the local district had been ignoring the written CoC for years. So, in this case I am torn. It's far from clear to me what the right course of action is. The one thing that I am sure about is that it it grossly unfair that people were put into this position to begin with.

2. From my perspective, the written letter from District 22 is missing one of the most important pieces

A. A recognition that something went terribly terribly wrong

B. An announcement that the District is evaluating what types of systematic changes are necessary to make sure that this kind of idiocy doesn't happen again.
June 8
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Anyone else tempted by a 1NT opening, even playing 15-17?

Diamond suit is looking pretty good and it helps protect the spade queen.
June 5
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Do you know that this individual didn't pass information on to his partner?

From my perspective, the only thing that you have is the word of an individual who you just observed breaking the rules of the game and that isn't good enough for me.
June 5
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> Next step is to get rid of the screens when video
> recording is used.

Nonsense

Well considered security models often consist of multiple layers
June 5
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I don't think that Survey Monkey supports allowing third parties who weren't on the original invite list to participate in or even view the survey after the fact.
June 5
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Can't speak for other folks, but as I recall I received the survey as an email from the ACBL.

Regretfully I deleted the original email and it doesn't appear to be in the trash anymore
June 4
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Yes. And I am saying that the ACBL was stupid do so without the supporting infrastructure in place.
June 4
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People (myself including) have been arguing that the ACBL needs to do serious demographic modelling for decades.

The organization prefers to shove its head into the sand…
June 4
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> Send me a lead I sell them a membership every time
> they play anywhere ACBL makes money how could
> this not benefit ACBL?

I am not arguing against the ACBL doing lead generation. Rather, I am claiming that we need to be able to evaluate the cost of generating a lead against the value of that lead.
June 4
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Let's assume that the ACBL claims that it is putting in place that will kick back some fraction of tournament fees to the players that you recruit… (Perhaps this number is 25%)

I understand how this might divert $$$ from the ACBL into your pocket. However, it's far from clear to me how this would cause you to change your behaviour. What would you be doing differently based on a claim that the ACBL will remit money to you in the future.

Please note: Based on everything that you and Jeff claim, it takes years for players to make it through your social bridge programs and start playing in tournaments so there is no immediately return. Moreover, the ACBL needs to be in business to given you any money and I sure wouldn't be placing any significant bets that depend on a promise that the ACBL will be paying you anything down the road.

To me, this sounds like short term grifting. It makes a lot of sense if your goal is to grab as much money from a dying organization before things go completely to hell. However, I can't see any way that it actually benefits the national org.
June 4
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Being asked to pay your sanction fees is completely different.

Simple question for you Jeff, how much money would you pay per lead that the ACBL sends you?
June 4
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> If students are generated from this attempt by Red
> Rover all well and good. We can bean count later.

Says the man who doesn't need to pay any of the costs
June 4
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> Just what NPV do you propose calculating?
I most certainly have opinions on this topic, but none of that matters because I am not a member of the BOD / BOG and I am not one of the people who is making these decisions.

What you are saying here is that the BOD and the CEO do not have a common understanding regarding the “value” of a member that can be used to evaluate these type of program. The fact that something that is so fundamental to any kind of decision making is not already established is absolutely horrific and suggests that no one involved in this project has any business doing so.

> The time for NPV metrics is when we all know what is possible.

No, the time for NPV metrics is before you start spending any significant amount of money and signing contracts.

Simple question for you…

What discount rate does the ACBL use and when was the last time this changed?
June 4
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Perhaps, but there are a whole bunch of things that the ACBL needs to do before starting on marketing surveys and the most basic is trying to understand the net present value of the future cash flows that you get if you recruit someone and I can almost guarantee that the ACBL is completely oblivious on this point.
June 3
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@dustin I wonder whether the difference in demographics has a significant impact on the viability of using Google for marketing.

I suspect that you're going after younger and more computer savy user base. In addition, folks who are trying to support a F2F club need a concentrated user base in a relatively small geographic area.
June 3
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> but are you willing to be considered a “random crank?”

I was not referring to myself, but rather, pointing out that the system that you are proposing does not scale.

There is a reason that organizations typically sponsor discussion forums and actively participate in them…
June 3
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> Let them hear from you directly and not have to
> read Bridge Winners to get your input.

As a rule, I think that it's a lot better if the ACBL were to invest some time and effort to read discussions on sites like BW and see how conversations evolve rather than encouraging random cranks to bombard management with their suggestions…
June 3
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> Let's not just hope results are positive, let's also
> see how we can assist and cooperate to make this happen!

My own experience with the ACBL suggests that they prefer style over substance. The organization would rather focus on security “theater” than make meaningful changes. In much the same way, this appears to be an example in which the organization is trumpeting a flashy new program with no clear evidence that they are doing the necessary groundwork that is required for success.

FWIW, I think that a number of individuals have made constructive suggestions. However, I doubt that any of this will matter.
June 3
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