Righteous indignation? No.
Originally Posted by Molnar
Ad hominen attacks? No.
Calling Charles out for misrepresenting my name? Yes, definitely. I know that you have no way of knowing I'm talking about here, since you weren't in chat the night Charles is referencing - and please know, I'm not faulting you for not knowing. Please recall however, Charles wanted people to make a call on his credibility. When he brings my name into something and misrepresents me, I will call him/his credibility on it. That's not ad homininem. And, honestly, if you'll take the time to reread my post you'll see that I don't disagree with all of what he wrote. My point certainly was not to discredit his "points", except for his very loose use of "scam" and "fraudulent" which those of us in chat have been hearing from him for quite some time. He has some valid points, but for those of us who have, for quite some time, listened to him gripe about this game and how it's a scam - and do so with other hunts as well.... it's just old.
For what it's worth, Calvin sums up my thoughts quite well here:
I just don't see how any of you could be using the terms 'fraudulent' or 'scam' and believe that you are using these words correctly. These are harsh accusations. Without being a semantic stickler, someone really needs to be saying one thing while doing another to be labelled 'fraudulent'. Ken's rules are easy to find, easy to read. If he doesn't stick to them (doesn't mail out checks as promised, tells prospective buyers that certain prize categories are still available when they aren't, changes the rules so that prizes are ultimately withheld, etc.), then yes, that would be fraudulent. As of now, nothing remotely 'fraudulent' has happened.
Peace and happy puzzling.
That being said, have to admit that I actually agree with several of your general criticisms, particulary the ones that question the effectiveness of chaperoned confirmation solves. My contention is that it seems slanderous (and not without consequence) to call any of this fraudulent or a scam.
When those terms are used, they need to be right.
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