Hey TBot moderators:
I'm attempting to take a deep breath here and actually communicate with your group. A lot of my communications have been reactions to what I perceive as slights by your group, or individual members of it. I would like to suggest a discussion, yes a (public) discussion, of my perceived sins against the TBot community. I suggest taking my complaints/sins one-at-a-time, and actually discussing them. One of my points in creating my sequential list was to provide perspective. If you as a group can convince me that I'm wrong on any specific issue, I will admit it and we will procede. Some of you who know me know also that I'm one of the few FIBSters willing to admit it when I'm wrong.
I choose as the first issue to discuss, the issue of diane's complaint against me for kibitzing during a match. I select this issue because right after it happened, I was globally banned from TourneyBot, and was given no explanation of why or how long. I am willing to discuss any other issue, if people will stick to the point, but my general complaint is that there have been no conclusive discussions on any single issues. (I obviously don't know what the discussion was amongst yourselves, but all I've seen in public is "I'm right, your wrong" with flames from a couple of TBot moderators.)
As far as I know, I made a friendly kibitz, a kibitz that didn't bother either player in the match. In fact, it was responded to positively by one player in the match. Both players admitted it was no problem. The use of the kibitz command by watchers is certainly subject to discretion on the part of the kibitzer, but can be controlled only by the players in the match. In my opinion, diane's comment to me was not only rude and uncalled for, but silly. I suspect the inherent hostility in it was premeditated, given the public history of comments on FIBSBoard forums. I think she had a chip on her shoulder. I admit I reacted to it at the time. Perhaps I could have, should have, dealt with it better, but we all know the atmosphere surrounding me and you moderators at that time. I suspect that diane's comment was influenced by it too. I was unaware of any rules of TourneyBot conduct that I was expected to abide by. The request by the moderator, diane, to hold the match for 20-30 minutes while she tried to figure out how to get me blinded or gagged by either player (or do it herself for all I know) was completely out of line. Both players refused to blind/gag, BTW. In fact, if diane had not made such a silly comment to me ("I don't allow kibitzes"), there never would have been a problem.
Anyway, I believe that diane tried to make an issue where there was no issue. I ignore her motives because I can't prove what I think they were. But I offer as proof of my position on this issue posts made in the forum, "kibitzing during a tourney": On April 14, diane raised the issue of others kibitzing -- she didn't like it; On April 18 socksey agreed; On April 19 burper made the point I'm trying to make here; On April 19 socksey changed her mind and agreed with burper; On April 19 diane agreed with burper (and me) too.
By the way, here's burper's take: "The players in the match can always use gag/blind if they care. If they don't care, why should the TD?"
On May 15 diane reopened the issue, and threatened to disclose a log of the incident. I've yet to see the log, but if it is complete, I welcome it. Like I say, the worst I did was react to diane's silly comment and actions, and I'm willing to admit it. I have yet to hear diane admit any fault whatsoever for creating the incident, or prolonging it.
I am not singling out diane in this discussion, I just picked it as a proximate cause of at least one TBot moderator who took an action which I've never understood, and apparantly supported by the group. I welcome and respect any comments, but I deride in advance the flames which are the normal result I get when I have the audacity to criticize the actions of a TourneyBot moderator. Please stick to the issue here, or open another forum for a new indictment of me.