I "don't have a Dog in this fight" since we retired from competing.
But, the problem seems to be the wording of the rule.
I did rule making for many years with a lot higher stakes.
The process should be:
What is the desired outcome?
How do we write that in "plain English" to achieve that outcome?
Seems to me that if KCBS (or whatever "regulator") would follow that simple process, all of the confusion would go away.
You will never stop the bitchers, complainers, second guessers, and whiners on the Internet, but the intent and the application of the rule should be clear if it is properly written.
And this one is clearly not.
Good Luck Y'All
"Flirtin' with Disaster" BBQ Team (RETIRED)
FBA and KCBS Cook and Judge.
Former owner of a WSM, a Smokey Joe, a Charbroil Commercial gasser (junk), the legendary "StudeDera" and Sherman.
Now cooking with a Fast Eddy PG500
Proud Pellet guy cooking on real wood.