SSbauschard2 at aol.com
Wed Apr 19 23:25:16 CDT 2006
The ultimate downside of the ?accountable scout/password? system is that it
re-creates one of the problems that it was meant to solve ? small programs
that can?t afford to bring a scout can?t access the info. It is also somewhat
unfair to programs that normally contribute scouts, but may not be able to in
a given year.
Ultimately, I think two things need to happen:
1. Scouts accountable to PROGRAM DIRECTORS. Some scouts simply
disappear after round 1 or 2. In some instances, I?m pretty sure that they aren?t
disappearing to cut cards ? they just stop working for the scouting system.
Program directors really need to keep them on task.
1. Collective support for the scouting system:
These are just ideas?.
a) District scouting. Each district would have to contribute X number
of scouts based on the number of teams qualified. We could round down in
every single instance and still have more scouts than we have now. District
teams could figure out how to share the costs or barter with other, closer
districts. ?Larger,? ?affluent? programs could contribute more ? the same way
they have to do now anyhow ? of the district?s burden.
b) Enforce the Lupo rule for undergraduate card cutters ? and specify a
scouting contribution. This may solve the problem in the entirety.
c) I like the ?scout badge? idea. Some of the scouts are relatively
inexperienced and could use some help from willing judges. I believe that
Steve Mancuso made these for the Catholic NDT scouts.
d) Sharing the costs of the scouting system ? essentially charge a ?
scouting fee? that shares at least the meals burden among everyone. Of course,
if the Lupo rule is enforced and some school?s 300 researchers also scout,
everyone probably shouldn?t have to share in the costs of that, but some equal
sharing of costs may help.
Some will object to any imposed scouting requirement as some form of
fasco-tyrannical-biololitical-information crack addict bullshit, but I will offer
one simple fact:
In 2004 EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL competing at the NDT USED the scouting
information AT LEAST ONCE before and/or during the tournament ? I looked at the user
I didn?t bother looking at the logs for 2005 and 2006, but I suspect I?d
find something similar. Given that everyone uses it, everyone should make at
least some contribution.
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