Are old versions of the manuals archived in a revision control system? The reason I ask is that I have a recollection that in the very earliest days of SOTA, the rule for chaser points was very similar to that being discussed now, i.e. chasers could claim a point for each independent expedition. I think it was deliberately changed to “once per day” in some rule revision. The change log in the rule document itself is a bit vague, so it might be useful to be able to consult the actual text as it was.
Obviously I don’t know why it was changed, but I could hazard a guess. We are all encouraged to submit accurate logs of our contacts and let the database work out the score. But how could the “once per expedition” rule be implemented? How can the database code possibly know whether two activations of the same summit were independent expeditions or not? Without further information, it can’t. I might guess that allowing chasers to claim a point for each activating callsign was felt to be too generous, so it was changed to once per day.
I also recall that this changed happened before it had been carefully thought through what “day” meant. Early rules had references to local time, which again would be a database nightmare. Eventually it was decided to use UTC everywhere, leading to the anomaly that in some parts of the world chasers can claim twice in a period of daylight, or perhaps be denied a claim because they worked the summit “yesterday”.
My own experience is that Caroline and I don’t seem to have a problem with reluctant chasers. We normally operate different bands, and many chasers seem keen to work both of us if they can (often making a point of comparing the signals). If we are for some reason stuck with a joint activation on one band, we will normally both work the first 4. The vast majority of chasers seem perfectly happy with this. Often they are are locals who aren’t bothered about the points anyway, but say they always try to answer SOTA stations.
Despite having a few anomalies, I don’t think the rule needs changing.