"1. Lotan's timetable – Zaleski team finished its match after the Sweden-Vitas table had completed the bidding, the Italians discussed the board outside the playing room – should be verifiable."
Were the matches on (BBO?) VuGraph? That might provide timestamping.
Perhaps instead of looking at the "triviality or borderline ridiculousness" as the problem, the lack of precision in the language being used can be thought of as the problem? Think of the "triviality or borderline ridiculousness" as constructive criticism.
"100 masterpoint requirement is hysterical."
When it was first implemented, I believe it was quite significant. What probably happened is that rather than adjust it, the requirement was just dropped.
From the Feb 14, 1948 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
In gaining the award (the McKenney Trophy) for his leading performance in 1947 ...
"Section 6, BTW, once play has concluded on the board there is no harm in a Spectator speaking."
Maybe, maybe not.
"I have spoken at times, as a Spectator, following the play, and believe my comments have been appreciated."
Not if I'm playing. One warning (at most), then you ...
Even when I was on there were some issues. Hand records were not available ("could not access hand database". Nor could I start a team game (because I could not get a list of team matches).
What that implies is beyond my pay grade...
It may be that if you were already "in" with the web version when the problems hit, you were ok (for the most part). I say that because I was on then and was not kicked out. But after leaving I can no longer return that way.