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Part of the communication problem here is that you seem to believe online bridge = BBO. It's not. BBO so happens to be the largest platform, but what was discussed here all along was how anything that harms ONLINE BRIDGE is potentially harmful for the future expansion of the game.
Sept. 1, 2014
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Well I haven't said it should be tolerated. I was pointing out that sometimes it is hard to convince people that they are being offensive when they sincerely feel that they aren't. Some are willing to listen and adapt. Some will stubbornly continue a martyr-for-freedom quest. That's the cultural gap - there is no agreement about what is a personal attack. And also, I was trying to address this issue in general, not discuss Dean specifically. I'm pretty sure BW mods know goddamn well what they are doing :P
Aug. 29, 2014
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I also think quiet ban wd have been better, but that's really not that relevant. BW is overall a very nice and well run community and if Dean is the closest thing they have to a troll well, they are lucky :)
Aug. 29, 2014
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Repeated attacks against Eugene and BW mods count?
Aug. 29, 2014
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Yeah I used that word on purpose :) And the point I was trying to make was that, like it or not, Dean should learn to embrace the politically correct culture be it American or global or whatever. There is a bit of an issue as it's hard for a non-native English speaker to anticipate what might come across the wrong way, but with his excellent English skills he'll be just fine as long as he accepts it's him that has to adapt, and not the other way around.
Aug. 29, 2014
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“Different cultures place different emphasis on what is being said and how it is being said.”

As someone coming from a country very close to Dean's I'm pretty sure this whole circus is based on a cultural gap. In the Balkans (and possibly in other places too) people tend to focus mostly on the idea and not much on the wording.

I had a bit of a shock when I joined BBO and started commenting or talking to players who took offence so goddamn easily that sometimes writing a reply felt like composing a semiotics essay. And I am nowhere nearly as provocative as Dean BTW, I never intended to offend anyone!
Aug. 29, 2014
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I think the idea was people who felt offended by Dean's tone were mostly Americans as there's a “politically correct” culture in the US which is not that deeply rooted in other parts of the world. Just guessing anyway, but I would suspect that's the “American” connection as I can't figure out why it would matter otherwise.
Aug. 28, 2014
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This is an interesting poll. BW has always felt very American to me, as an outsider and occasional lurker, despite its international membership. Too bad it wasn't asked as a serious question and it turns out to be yet another “shoot the mods” thread.
Aug. 28, 2014
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And here's clee take 2:

http://youtu.be/fDHxaOIwe18
Aug. 26, 2014
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For anyone curious, I actually saved a couple of Roger's sessions. I just uploaded one on youtube - another one to come soon (will post here when it's processed):

http://youtu.be/XpknqJhp3vg
Aug. 25, 2014
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I suggest analyzing hands played in ACBL robot tournaments only. Rebate 55% are typically a lot smaller, and people play there to win the money prize, not the points. There are different strategies and different motivations at stake. You are discussing how a bridge game worked in a Romanian kitchen for the purpose of ACBL marketing strategy.
Aug. 23, 2014
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Silly me, I foolishly thought John Adams' question “anyone know if this is 100% true?” was searching for an answer straight from a BBO staff member.
Aug. 23, 2014
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Tourney bots run on BBO's servers, so it doesn't matter what version of BBO the player is using. When I said timing, I meant timing in play, not actual time.
Aug. 22, 2014
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It *should* be true. This is how they are programmed. If you find an example where conditions were identical and robots did something different (except for IT and club play), it's a bug and would be nice to report it to support. But most times, even when players say conditions were identical, they weren't identical - there was something different, a spot card, different timing, different lead, etc.
Aug. 22, 2014
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It's 100% true for all robot tournaments except Instant Tournaments (robots run on BBO's server and they are identical in all “live” tourneys).

Instant Tournaments (they don't award ACBL points) use deals from past tourneys for comparison, so there may be several versions of bots in use, hence different decisions in identical conditions.

For playing at a table, there are several versions of robots in use: Windows version bots, basic bots and advanced bots - so again there may be differences.
Aug. 22, 2014
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This is the tournament. http://webutil.bridgebase.com/v2/tview.php?t=1187-1408662721

As Leo correctly points out, an experienced robot player will know that bots tend to pass in a lot of situations where they should bid so a 4S bid under the circumstances is not as crazy as it may seem in an all human environment.
Aug. 22, 2014
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Voice is allowed at teaching and bidding tables to make it easier for partners to communicate with each other. The boards dealt at such tables are not scored.
April 4, 2014
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nvm
March 29, 2014
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Wd like to see Shanghai or Wang if they make it so far!
March 27, 2014
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It was a matter of principle. I got it right at the table, and we'd probably get it right 90% of the cases with or without FP. The argument was “Can they play undoubled?”. I thought yes, so what. Partner argued “no way”. This is the logic I changed my mind about.

@David, I think Steve is talking abt my partner's hand, not mine - that he wd feel OK passing with it.
Jan. 31, 2014
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