Until today, I've never noticed that the 1939-1945 Challenge has 2 extra rules.
12.If Background information (I.E. Unit, Photo Date, Pilot) to the particular subject aircraft is stated to be known by the challenge poster at the beginning of the challenge an additional .25 points will be awarded to the person who correctly posts this information; But it must be stated within 12 hours of the initial identification
13.The restrictions in place on ace's due to rule #6 do not affect rule #1
Now, other than the obvious question of as to why these rules were implemented...
First off, is rule #12 being used? As an example, recently, because I was unaware of rule #12, I short-changed Dave (iirc) of an extra .25 when he identified the "ghost blimp" complete with a detailed summary. I had in fact asked for an expanded answer, so obviously my challenge was to identify not just the blimp as USN airship L-8, but also the circumstances of the pair of photographs presented. Or do I need to go further and state clearly that an additional .25 pts is up for grabs by asking for — I.E. the location. Secondly, how is the limit of 12 hrs from time of identification to be interpreted? Certainly one cannot give further information after the closing scoreboard goes up and the challenge, for all intents and purposes, completed — however, the way the rule is written, hypothetically I could then, and would, fully expect to gain that quarter point if I've responded correctly within the 12 hours. Obviously that would be unreasonable, but why 12 hours? Why not just say that specific additional information required will be rewarded with a quarter-point to the first person correctly doing so. IMO this rule needs to be tightened up or removed altogether.
As for rule #13 ...
... it makes no sense whatsoever.
I take it that this is not the entire rule and at some point was truncated due to a careless cut & paste. Again, this rule needs to be examined and re-written or removed.
Another item I wish to bring up for discussion — that may ruffle some feathers. There appear to be several a/c that one may use in the 1939-1945 challenge that are far more suited to be included in the "between years". I believe we need to either extend the 1919-1939 challenge to include WWII, or change the 1939-1945 challenge to include only a/c built after
1938. Of course, this second suggestion would nessesarily require a/c first built only in 1939 to be disallowed from the 1919-1939 challenge.
Your comments on any of the above would be appreciated.