I have (not for the first time) today been specifically asked NOT to spot a particular station on a summit because they feel that if a spot is placed on the SOTAwatch they need to stay and work as many callers as possible.
Also having already spotted someone I have been requested to remove a spot and whilst I have done so, it does seem waste doing so at that point as the spot may well have already been seen and then SOTAwatchers are left wondering ‘I am sure there was a sport for XXXXX’ a few moments ago.
Now my thoughts of this basically revolve around:
Whilst the activator should be in control, a spot saying ‘quick activation’ or similar might just get them the four contacts required quicker than not spotting at all - thus saving them time spent on the summit (or wasted effort in getting there at all).
Certainly as an activator I would only stay and work callers if I felt comfortable in doing so.
As a chaser: yes I am disappointed if I do not get to work an activator because they have to leave before I get chance, especially if it is a summit that I have not worked before, however in most cases there will always be another chance to work the summit at some future time.
As an activator would you rather have a spot placed on the site and have to leave potential chasers without a contact or would you rather not have a spot - even if that means you need to stay a little longer to qualify the summit or not be able to qualify at all ?