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I voted other, doesn't exist. Who does this in a new partnership?
Feb. 6, 2016
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Steve, I forgive you for trying to apologize for what you said. That's ALL you need to be forgiven for.
Feb. 6, 2016
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Feb. 6, 2016
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Wow. My deepest condolences to those who knew her well.
Dec. 21, 2015
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I suspect I would have found this play on Tuesdays that were also leap year days & full moons.
Dec. 21, 2015
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I hadn't read the thread where all the action happened (well at least the action hadn't happened yet when I had last read the thread) before my post immediately above.

I think Gabrielle put the moderators here in a very difficult position with her comments about NH. If going on the warpath in a personal way with no credible evidence to back you up doesn't get you a timeout, I don't know what would.

To me, the real shame (aside from the ban itself) is that by putting so much emphasis on the tinfoil allegations (about allegedly gaining access to hand records, which she has only the flimsiest of circumstantial evidence for (to put it generously) & which all of the strong, credible evidence overwhelmingly contradicts) she cast NH in a more favorable light when I think he can be rightly (& strongly) criticized for the software debacle with ACBL (if criticizing NH is your thing.)
Dec. 20, 2015
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JoAnna's idea would create tons of duplicate threads, so NO.

And as much as I hate the ‘Create your own site’ argument, the ‘Guests in a home’ analogy runs a VERY close second. This is a communal meeting area, not someone's living space. Yes, someone owns the podium & the microphone, but so what?

If moderators were as tough on people who went crying to them every 5 minutes instead of BLOCKING people who regularly offend them as they are on unique & irreplaceable voices like Gabrielle, they'd have less work to do & we'd have better content to read.
Dec. 19, 2015
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Generally I hate it when people put people's names in the header, but in this case I think it's appropriate since Gabrielle isn't here to defend herself & since a discussion of her ban might be a useful conversation to have.
Dec. 18, 2015
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I would have voted for option:

Permanent bans should ONLY be given to people who use the ‘Go ahead and start your own site’ argument.

But seriously, I think Gabrielle was a great contributor to the community & I will miss her presence here. I seriously doubt her ban was warranted but I suppose it's possible.
Dec. 18, 2015
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I think Nat might need some Uxor.
Dec. 6, 2015
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I like this proposed solution a lot & I'm one of those who didn't think it would go far enough. I DO think the position of cards is something that should be addressed (either the ability to custom-sort your hand or somehow shield the screen.)

As to ‘knowing who hesitated’ I'm not convinced that's a disadvantage. Bidding in tempo is now more important than it was with screens because you can't argue that it wasn't clear who hesitated. Bidding in tempo SHOULD be important & this will punish those who are unable to do so consistently.
Dec. 4, 2015
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So we've heard from Fred, any news on the OTHER dramatic unveiling that was to occur at this NABC?
Nov. 28, 2015
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Here's an experiment for you, Mike H:

Take a metal board.
Put 13 cards in a pocket.
Now try to slide a 14th card into that pocket.

Let me know how that works out for you.
Nov. 27, 2015
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We all know bridge players can only count to 13.
Nov. 26, 2015
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A well-liked and generally well-behaved Ottawa player who has served a number of roles for the unit was recently given a 6-week suspension because he got a little agitated when a player allegedly engaged in unethical behavior at his table.

That Mr. Passell only got 2 weeks and no probation for what he admitted to (even if you completely believe his story) is disgraceful. Sadly, it's not surprising.
Nov. 25, 2015
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Las Vegas 2008, if you google “Joanie Gates” “Kevin Rosenberg” you'll see a couple of results.
Nov. 22, 2015
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I'm sure Joanie will appreciate the comment from her favorite partner of all time.
Nov. 22, 2015
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Meta-rules are made to be broken.
Nov. 20, 2015
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7 NT N ♣ 6 −2 100 0.00 4.00 C10-Robinson-Robinson vs C3-Wagner-Dorr
Nov. 14, 2015
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