I think that Brian Weikle (in the quoted post) and Matt Jackson (in an earlier post in the thread) make a fairly compelling argument that the creator-creation rule is a relic from a time in which bad question writing permeated the landscape. The creator-creation rule and similar blitz rules seem to be useful for only two things: (1) avoiding penalizing a player who recognizes a concrete clue before any indication of the category of answer is given; (2) awarding points to a player who isn't paying attention and doesn't know the category of the answer when buzzing.Coelacanth wrote:What's the solution? It's fairly obvious to me. Get rid of the creator/creation rule altogether. It's obsolete. Modern question-writing standards are such that the ambiguities it was designed to address no longer exist. Pretty much all author tossups say "this author" in the first few words; similarly, you will always see "this novel" or "this poem" or "this work". There's no need for the player to give both pieces of information because the question has already made clear which one it is looking for.
Community consensus that "Attention Must Be Paid!" seems to undermine any arguments in favor of (2), and good question writing seems to undermine any arguments in favor of (1). In addition, a number of increasingly inane examples (culminating in "staph, Stephen Hawking, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, bumblebee") showed how blitz rules tend to break down when a moderator has imperfect knowledge of the answer.
I would like to hear other people's arguments in favor of either keeping the blitz rules or eliminating them altogether.