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Re: JI Symposium - Stop burning the red-heads.

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: JI Symposium - Stop burning the red-heads.
  • From: Gerry Snyder <gcsnyd@loop.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Oct 1997 16:33:23 -0600 (MDT)

Ian E. Efford wrote:
> I certainly have no desire to be a judge but I do wish to understand
> just how to "see" irises accurately.  For this reason, I have attended
> one training session in North Carolina and the first part of John
> Coble's one in Burlington.  After N.C., I concluded that the system
> lacked intellectual structure and that there were few standards by which
> to judge a flower.  There is a a wide latitude given to personal opinion
> and this was confirmed by John Coble when he said that any three judges
> might select winners at a show but that another three judges at the same
> show might select entirely different winners.  This is like
> international ice dancing where the dancers know their final rank before
> they go on the ice (bribery plays a large part) and the only issue is
> whether they fall during their performances.


Differing opinions, or even outright incompetance, are not 
in the same class with dishonesty. 

If you don't like the way judging is done, become a judge 
(despite your lack of desire) and improve the overall quality 
of judges.

gcsnyd@loop.com    AIS Region 15
Warm, winterless Los Angeles
President of San Fernando Valley Iris Society
My work?  Helping generate data for http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo

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