Bridge Base Online
BridgeBase Online Tournament Directors Coalition Meeting
April 10, 2004 11 Noon ET
Abadaba, Allzap, Amerlin, Amundsen, Aramesh_, Bambi1, Bb116, Blackbikin, Borko, Breb, Calabres, Cg, Culbbaran, Eddy_B, Ehhh, Esperanza, Farecik, Ferrerro2, Frosty, Gregg1012, Gweny, Hope, Kaiserzell, Kastan88, Kleze, Lathans, Lolopuffin, Maaa, Margymam, Mcphee, Mcsd, Mirjam_3, Mleca-Es, N51cnf, Niuge, Omeroj, Progrock, Raecik, Red_Baron, Redskin, Reporter 4, Rmoyster, Sceptic, Showle, Shaggath, Skamandar, Spwdo, Stars, Sternguita, Sundiszno, Sunu, Suzie, Sylvaindt, The_Edge, Tritri, Troutfish, Vanilla, Vanzilla, Yulek
The meeting was called to order at 11:07 after greetings and a reminder of meeting protocol. Gwen reviewed the changes to the BBO TD’s Coalition website. Now TD’s have the option to submit schedule changes (MODIFY TOURNAMENT). There was some discussion of tournament times as not all observe the time change for Daylight savings time and players were encouraged to be mindful of how that impact their events as well as schedule additions. There were requests for the option of using GMT, and Gwen reminded everyone that GMT is also listed in the schedule.
Gwen filled everyone in on the recent changes that Uday has implemented to track the numbers and reasons for disconnects in mid-tournament. It is hoped that this will significantly reduce the need for subs once players understand that they will be penalized for hopping in and out of tournaments rather than sitting for the entire event. MCSD mentioned that some intentional disconnects are a result of players misrepresenting their abilities on their profile. Spwdo pointed out that every unfinished tournament will be counted when determining if a player is abusing tournament privileges – this would include being subbed out because of poor/lost connections and requests by the player to be excused. Everyone was reminded that Uday was penalizing the players who were consistent/repeated offenders with a high percentage of leaving a tournament before it is finished. Those who were concerned that a player who experienced an emergency would be penalized were reassured that the occasional disconnect would not be grounds for penalties. It was noted that Uday’s first cut was of players who did not complete 50% of the tournaments they entered.
The discussion turned to the topic of Networking within the TD community. Gwen stressed the importance of getting to know fellow TD’s and working together as much as possible. She encouraged us to ask other TD’s to help in our tournies and to offer to help in the events scheduled by other TD’s.
She specifically mentioned some groups who are seeking additional TD’s to run events: Beginner/Intermediate Lounge, BBO.pl, and Abalucy Club. Several chimed in with what has worked for them in enlisting TD’s to help with their events. MCSD expressed concerns about TD’s making good adjustments if they are filling in for an existing club. Many positive comments were made about the option of working in small teams of 3-4 TD’s. Several TD’s mentioned that they are available and willing to help if anyone needs assistance. Gweny reiterated the importance of using the schedule to register events so that we are not competing for players and subs. It was mentioned that a good rule of thumb is to allow 30 minutes between the start of an event and the start of an event of the same format. TD’s were reminded to visitwww.bridgebase.com/tourneyschedule/ to register their events. Many TD’s are not taking advantage of the schedule, but via education this was felt to be a problem that will eventually resolve. We were all encouraged to check the schedule and respect the 30 min interval when running impromptu events as well.
Currently there are over 165 events in the schedule and new ones being added almost daily.
The next topic was how to handle rudeness. Gweny asked that any cursing should be reported to a Yellow or email@example.com. The option to remove rude players (replace with sub) should be taken if common sense indicates that the player is disruptive. Spwdo suggested adding notes to the players profile. Gwen suggested that any player disruptive enough to be removed should also be reported. Everyone was reminded to "smile from the wrists down" because our attitudes directly relate to how players behave. We were also encouraged to "respond" rather than "react" to disruptive players.
Cheating was discussed next. It was agreed that it is often very hard – if not impossible to prove that cheating is going on, and that Fred/Uday’s policy should be endorsed by all TD’s. If a pair is suspected of cheating, the board records and any other pertinent information should be reported firstname.lastname@example.org. One odd success on one board doesn’t constitute cheating, but a pattern of uncannily perfect bids/leads should be checked out. We were encouraged to err on the side of caution in matters of cheating.
The final topic of Software Improvements included a brief review of the Tourney progress function and how to check player’s Board records for adjustments. Gwen then opened the floor for suggestions for additional improvements, which included:
The meeting was adjourned and TD’s who were free to participate played a short Individual tourney in the BBO tourney area.