In reply to G0TRB:
Don’t get overexcited, Roger. I am saying none of the words that you are putting in my mouth.
I, too, was waiting, and I, too, failed to get a contact. I understand your frustration but do not share it. “The Activator is king” is not just a form of words, it is the reality. If I want to ragchew during one of my alas! too few activations I will do so, nobody can change that. If the chaser is taking up more of the activators time than he is prepared to spare, it is up to the activator to choke him off and move on, and it is easy to do. Remember that SOTA will be new to some people (though fewer nowadays since SOTA overtook IOTA in popularity!) and they will probably have little understanding of the constraints that an activator is working within. I myself have more than once spent valuable battery time initiating a caller into the mysteries of SOTA, any of us would do it.
My responsibility is the proper use of Sotawatch, and the Spots section is intended to be used to alert chasers to the activations and QSYs, it is not the proper place for sounding off about things you don’t like, or displays of bad temper, it isn’t a forum, it just does what it says on the can. Remember also that on the web, putting comments in capitals is equated with shouting. It is considered to be bad manners.
I am sorry to hear that you consider me to be a dictator. I prefer to think of the job as being more like a referee, I am responsible for applying the rules in as fair and even-handed way as I can, a dictator needs no rules other than his own whim. As for anybody being afraid to say anything to me, I can only refer you to my previous sentence, I only apply the rules, and anybody can say anything to me as long as they stay within the rules. Just below this box that I am typing into the rules are put in a nutshell. “Is your post appropriate, constructive, friendly and suitable for all ages?” but above all, “Think Before You Post!”
So, Roger, I ask you as a friend to calm down and reflect on what I am saying.
If you still think I am wrong in a few hours time, post again and put your case in a calm and measured way.