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Default Brian Lafferty asks for Amnesty on the USCF Issues Forum

I absolutely agree that there should be an amnesty. We have an
election campaign going on here, but the history of moderation of the
USCF Issues Forum has been that the moderators will not allow postings
favoring candidates they oppose or opposing candidates they favor.

For example, right now oldtimer, who favors Sam Sloan, is suspended
from posting.

How can the voting membership properly evaluate the candidates, if
they do not know what is being said about them?

Why is John Hillary allowed to attack Sam Sloan endlessly without
being sanctioned?

Let us remember that it was excessive moderation of this forum that
caused Polgar and Truong to be elected in the first place. When Polgar
and Truong were running for election, all of the moderators were pro-
Polgar and Truong and anti-Sam Sloan. Something like one thousand
postings, almost all of them anti-Polgar and Truong or pro-Sam Sloan,
were pulled by the moderators. Those of us who knew the true
background and history of Polgar and Truong and were trying to inform
the voting members of what we knew about them were prevented from
doing so.

Had the members of this forum been allowed to ask questions and make
negative observations about Polgar and Truong, almost without doubt
Truong would not have been elected. The person who would have been
elected was Stephen Jones, who was probably the best qualified person
ever to run for the USCF Executive Board. (Jones is a lawyer, a Ph.D.
in mathematics, a rated chess master and a life member of the USCF.)

Now, because of excessive moderation, instead of getting a qualified
person like Jones, we got Truong.

Are we going to go down that road again, with moderators who are using
their positions to get candidates they favor elected?

And are they going to sanction me for making this post?

Sam Sloan
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