Hey, I've said it before and I'll say it again: having a discussion full of fragile emotions is better than none at all. If people want to spend time taking credit, or assigning blame, flaming each other, accusing each other of things, whatever... as long as there is something worthy of discussion. Some people have flame fests with no content, but I don't believe this is one of those.
If the noise-to-signal ratio gets too high, then I guess the less interested will leave, and eventually the discussion will find it's end, but the most important thing, is having the discussion in the first place. At least if you believe in an open system. If you *are* one of those control freaks and want to just decide on things all on your own without all those pesky opinions, then you should probably be writing commercial software instead of public domain software where other ideas may creep in and upset you. At least MM admits he does not want to "bicker". Are you not capable of anything somewhere between absolute control and bickering? I think you are.
I am glad we have at least established who and when this idea of evil TD's somehow "controlling" FIBS came up. It's an absurd one, and should be killed. If someone wants to explain in what ways someone can control FIBS, then state it. Sending messages from TourneyBot? People can perma-gag. Speaking of only that nasty ban message you put in? Simply silence the ban command (that's what TBot does). Having the ability to run tourneys where others can not? There was a system of becoming a TD if you actually wanted to do that WORK. What, some people were denied for some reason? Hey, ultimately those were MadMatt's decisions, and like all others, not subject to any debate.
Stay at the table MM! Reduce the emotions and just talk! Glad to see you here again
As far as open TD systems, I believe have humans in the loop is better. TourneyBot may work out the way you have it now, but I think there are some future directions you may have damaged. For isntance, the scheduling stuff. The spam controls are fine, and the market system for establishing good TD's from bad ones, but imagine what bad ones could do with scheduling?