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The truth can be said in different ways. The BBO management prefers that commentators don't use terms like “barking mad” or “is he roaring drunk?”

There is no need to be rude. Your points are covered in Fred's introduction:

“Please do not try to make the players look stupid even when, like all of us sometimes do, they make stupid mistakes” and “Please be extremely careful about not making comments that might be perceived as being racist, sexist, vulgar, or in any other way offensive to some people.”

It's also mentioned among the “DONT's”:

“(Don't) Criticize a bid or play without trying to understand why the player made it. Blunders will occur and may be explained as blunders, but no one wants to see commentators put down the players who make them.”

These guidelines could obviously have been worded differently, but as they are now it's a good idea that commentators always adhere to the points the document contains. If they don't, there is a risk that they won't be invited back. That has happened a few times over the years.

If people want changes, the procedure is to approach the BBO management. I'm convinced that Fred or Uday will consider any suggestion and I'm sure that one of them will come back to those persons and let them know whether they think it's prudent to include a particular phrase.
Aug. 23, 2018
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It wouldn't be an upgrade. They play a 14-16 NT.
Aug. 22, 2018
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Karen, are you not referring to Fred's number 2 in his introduction? I agree completely.
Aug. 22, 2018
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Oh, there is nothing wrong with mentioning a particular spectator if ‘hen’ contributes with something special in a PM. I remember that I last week during a broadcast from the World Youth said something to the effect of “Markku Pekkinen, Finnish international player, has spotted a line I didn't notice.”

Credit where credit's due is sometimes warranted.
Aug. 22, 2018
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Nothing hurts like the truth, David. “Former” is correct because I am no longer the BBO Vugraph Coordinator. In a reply to Cornelia Yoder upthread I explained why I resigned.
Aug. 22, 2018
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Bryan, it's (more or less) among the DO's, isn't it?

(6)Project possible competitive actions rather than say something like “An easy 4♠ here”; uncontested auctions are increasingly rare these days. Always look for traps and obstacles that could affect the normal result. When more than one bid/contract/competitive action exists, discuss the possibilities without prejudice or the advantage of seeing all four hands. When discussing the play, discuss the percentage line, alternative lines, safety plays, and only then the successful line if it is different.
Aug. 22, 2018
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Many thanks everyone for your input. It was virtually impossible to go wrong for Simon Hult, the Swedish declarer who took his time before he decided how to play the hand.

West had 10xx Q9x Q9x QJxx.

Declarers line: three rounds of trumps ending in dummy, club ruff, A, diamond to the king and another to the ace. At that point there was an operator claim (12 tricks, 1430) but one would assume that Hult exited in diamonds to West's queen and that he finessed when a heart came through.

This may not have been the best line, but it gained 13 IMPs when Singapore stopped in game in the other room.

1 (strong) 3 ; double (points) 4 by West. 4 from opener, and all pass.
Aug. 22, 2018
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It may sound harsh, but I would advise that person to consider it carefully before accepting. It was gruelling when I was in charge and it's even ‘worse’ now with the avalanche of broadcasts we have. That's probably why we don't have a single person as the vugraph coordinator.

The BBO management didn't want me to step down and it was an immensely difficult decision for me to make. However, I felt that the time was right after 10 years and I have had no reason to regret what I did.

If a new coordinator at some point asks for advice, I shall be happy to comply and help out to the best of my ability.

As you know I'm still a frequent voice and an occasional tap-in commentator. That's plenty and I enjoy every second of it. To be honest: my life wouldn't be the same without it.
Aug. 22, 2018
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Do you think any junior would bid only 3C with AK109xxxx? I'm not a junior and I would bid 4. What would YOU bid?
Aug. 22, 2018
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What exactly don't you like re 15, Alan? Do you expect the commentator to mention you every time you send him or her a private message?

I get dozens during every segment and I can't thank all of them individually. We usually thank everyone, including the kibitzers, when we get to the last board of the set.
Aug. 22, 2018
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Some may think that certain parts of these guidelines are unnecessarily pedantic, but you could also look at them the way Kit Woolsey does. Only yesterday he said the following to me in a private message:

“Once I realized that the guidelines existed, I did the appropriate searching through BBO and found them. They are fine. Of course, it will be a cold day in Hell before I follow somebody else's rules and guidelines :)”

By and large they are the same as they were six years ago, but some things have changed over the years, so I made a few minor adjustments.
Aug. 22, 2018
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I didn't write that Craig's line is a better line than David's. I simply wrote that Craig's line was the one declarer chose. Although we can't be 100% sure because there was a claim at a crucial point.
Aug. 21, 2018
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Are you a junior, Craig :) This was more or less the line declarer adopted.
Aug. 21, 2018
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That will lose if West can exit in hearts and the Q is offside. It may also lose if East wins the heart and switches to a diamond.
Aug. 21, 2018
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“Girls” is a terrible choice. Who on earth thought this was a clever idea. Would any 24-year-old woman appreciate to be called a girl? Why not do as they do in the EBL: Women U26, and everyone is happy.

This is not neurosurgery.
Aug. 21, 2018
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I assume you mean Roy Orbison's ‘Pretty Woman’, written by Orbison and Bill Dees and released in 1964.
Aug. 21, 2018
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I didn't write that East discarded a club on the first round of spades, but that's pretty obvious. If you draw more trumps, he will pitch more clubs.
Aug. 21, 2018
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Thanks, Cornelia, but it's a vain wish or hope. I retired exactly six years ago after ten years in charge of assigning commentators, and no single individual has taken over. I don't blame anyone; it was hard work then and it would be even harder now that we have many more broadcasts. It's more or less a full-time job now.

I'd like to add that it was an unpaid job, but that wasn't the reason I stepped down. I'm not complaining because I loved it.
Aug. 19, 2018
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That's an old joke, David. I think I used to say that my slams are roughly 12.83%. That has changed dramatically; they are now 14.62% on average :)
Aug. 18, 2018
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I use a Danish-Norwegian keyboard with the characters æ ø å, but it's easy to create ä and ö. The å is the same in the three Scandinavian languages.

Dale: about 8 is an overbid. I speak 6.
Aug. 18, 2018
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