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Re: BBQ judging was different back then....

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Posted by grizmt on May 04, 2011 at 10:49:21:

In Reply to: BBQ judging was different back then.... posted by Ron in Boaz on May 03, 2011 at 20:09:17:

I can't count how many times I've been told by other judges that I was breaking the rules or that I shouldn't talk to the teams at a comp. I've met some great people and made a few friends talking with the teams and learned quite a bit.In fact I think we've learned something at every comp we've done.
I think it adds to the whole judging experience, enhances one's knowledge (both teams and judges) and have only one regret which is we've not been able to move around the southern/eastern teams to see their perspectives.
Of course I guess I'm a heretic in my belief that the rule about talking to the teams on comp day is a bit silly.
If you're friends enough with a team to know you're not bothering them (I'd never,ever interrupt a team I don't know well enough) I really don't get the problem. Nowadays most of the boxes turned in look alike and it IS double blind so you'd have to have one heck of memory, see the team turn in AND watch the blind process or there'd have to be marking for you to know who's box is who's right?
With all that being said I do follow the rule because it's a rule but don't understand it.
Am I off base with this?

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