To be frank, I find the tone in this quite harsh. I assume you are talking of CW activations - now, there are a lot of people who started learning CW because of (1) the joy of it and (2) its efficiency for SOTA. Quite clearly, they are CW learners, and I am one of them. So we make mistakes, for instance, if hoping to at least qualify a summit that was difficult to climb accept a caller that was not asked or behaved improperly. As for closing the QSO, I typically just do “TU E E”, and most chasers understand that. If no chasers stand by, I first try “?” and then a 2 x 2 CQ. I think that injecting the CQ from time to time helps chasers to make sure they get the activator right.
But again, let’s not use strong language in here but rather help newcomers to become better operators with actionable suggestions (and maybe polite private communications). SOTA has brought a lot of new interest to CW to people, and I think that is a good thing.
Some SOTA activators have a strong contest past and slowly start walking up simple summits. Some others have a mountaineering past and slowly start managing CW QSOs. Very few were born being both strong mountaineers and CW contest pros. So let’s enjoy the journey.
73 de Martin, DK3IT