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Actually, Peg, yes. Calling someone a liar when, in fact, the OP simply didn't understand the policy (which, I concede, is possible, based on the phrasing), is obnoxious. Further, the OP then posted the response from Club and Member Services explaining that he's *still* eligible to get his points if he signs up for three years. (ONE three-year membership; NOT three one-year memberships.) So, why doesn't he just take the offer if that's what he wants? To applaud someone who accuses a customer service staffer of lying, but then to get upset over someone calling you out for doing so is … inconsistent.
Dec. 11
Paul Linxwiler edited this comment Dec. 11
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I didn't realize my point would proven so quickly …
Dec. 11
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Some people just won't take “yes” for an answer. It's more fun to bang out an inflammatory post, accuse people of lying (instead of just saying “I misunderstood”), and then wait for the congratulatory applause of the reflexively anti-ACBL barking seals. In a way, it's the classic BridgeWhiners formula. I'll try to explain to Cindy that she shouldn't worry too much about this obnoxious forum.
Dec. 11
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Jeff, as I understand it, they're running this three-day event as a STaC game (silver points) with open and 299er sections (single sessions) followed by a Swiss teams on the third day. If so, it sounds as if their clientele are existing members.
Aug. 15
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I suppose we could publish a reminder about the event every year. And a reminder about the Gatlinburg Regional every year. And a reminder about the Las Vegas Sectional every year. And a reminder about all the other regionals and sectionals every year. There wouldn't be much other content in the magazine if we did so, but we could do it.
But if I were the tournament chair of a regional or sectional that paid for advertising for my own tournament, I might wonder why another event got, you know, free mention in the Bulletin while mine didn't.
Look, I got the same emails from the same folks trying to get the word out about this event. They can do what everybody else does: buy an ad or ask for an email blast from ACBL (which I helped them do).
Aug. 15
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The Bridge Bulletin published a piece about this, but it was 20(!) years ago, in the Feb. 1999 issue, on the occasion of bridge being included for the first time in the games.
Aug. 15
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Yes, we ran the “Email Us” announcement in the DB for Issues 2-9 in Las Vegas. We can only print the words; we can't make people read or comprehend them.
July 28
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So it was exactly a decade ago. Thanks for pointing out that “more than” was an overbid. But you make my point about the OP: He doesn't know who writes for the DB, and if he's citing writers from a decade ago, he has selective reading skills.
July 28
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Who is “Mike Horton”? And if you mean Mark Horton, he hasn't written anything for the DB in more than a decade. If you're going to complain, at least have your facts straight.
July 28
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Fixed, thanks David.
May 21
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There's really nothing to discuss. We can (and do) always include the names of deceased members (whether they are current on their dues or not), but we are dependent on family/friends/clubs/units to tell us. Just like your local newspaper, the staff isn't omniscient; someone has to notify.
Feb. 9
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Hi Steve, I'm not sure why we didn't get your wife's information, but I will list her name in the next issue. (This situation happens a lot: A member is ill for a long period of time, their membership lapses, and they pass away; we don't know about it because the database only notifies us about changes in status of *current* members. It's a catch-22.) Sorry this was such a hassle.
Send me an email with the information to editor at acbl dot org.
Feb. 9
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Family members, friends, or club/unit officials may all report a death, but we have someone on staff who verifies this by researching local records (newspaper obits or funeral home postings). So, yes, we prefer if the person who reports the death can point us to something that confirms it.
Feb. 8
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The Bridge Bulletin will include the names of deceased members in its “In Memoriam” list if someone notifies us. Otherwise, we obviously won't know that someone has died. We'll gladly include the name in a subsequent issue if someone reports the death later; in some cases, this happens months or years after the fact.
The same is true for obituary notices.
(I used to have a sign in my office that read, “The Great Rule of Publishing: You send in, we print. You no send in, we no print.”)
Feb. 8
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Yes, we received an incorrect file for publication last night. ACBL Live has the correct information. Sorry for the confusion.
Aug. 2, 2018
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The official score was finally reported: Gawrys 140, Helle 70
Aug. 1, 2018
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24 byes, one head-to-head match (25 vs 78), 52 four-ways.
July 30, 2018
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David is correct. “You” is now second-person singular *and* plural in English, although it didn't start that way. Although many will balk at the idea, the language is evolving in such a way to allow “they/their” to be third-person singular and plural, just as “you” is now used.
As an editor, I receive email from women who complain when “he” is employed as a generic third-person pronoun. (Recently, when a columnist used a generic “she,” I was was sent a snarky email from a man who objected to this “corruption.”) As I despise “he or she” as middle way, I have decided to embrace “they/their.” Why annoy half of the members when there's a way to annoy everyone? :)
July 25, 2018
Paul Linxwiler edited this comment July 25, 2018
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English suffers from its lack of an epicene third-person pronoun. The trend is definitely moving in the direction of using “their” or “they” instead of the cumbersome “his/her” constructions. Using “he” as a generic pronoun was introduced by 19th century grammarians who placed more emphasis on number agreement than gender.
To each their own!
July 24, 2018
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Tim Bourke may know about this …
June 26, 2018
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