qqwref wrote:Suppose you forget to do AUF and you are exactly a U or a U' off. Then if you are a fraction of a degree away from solved it's DNF, but if you are a fraction of a degree towards solved it's +2? That's silly.
Then you should get DNF. You "forgot" to finish the puzzle!
qqwref wrote:If cubing goes professional, and we had video replays of all solves, we could check this very easily to give penalties completely fairly (i.e. only when the error is the solver's fault). We could also check for cheating on Magic, but that's another issue completely.
Okay, but only if this isn't taken too seriously. When there are 12 solves competing at once, we will have 12 cameras on each of their fingers? I don't think this is ever in the future of cubing.
qqwref wrote:An alternate idea for the future would be to try to modify the equipment itself so that we don't get misalignments. Suppose you had a thick surface similar to a mattress. Even if a puzzle falls on a corner on a surface like that, it probably won't misalign, so maybe that would fix the accidental +2s, and then you could just award DNFs for misalignments of over 45 degrees. Ideally you'd also never have the situation where dropping the cube causes a pop, because the landing would be so soft that the puzzle would not have enough force subjected to it to pop a piece out, even if it was very loose. This idea wouldn't be suitable for magic-type puzzles, but it might help reduce +2 issues for anything where you do your solve in the air.
I don't think this is practical, especially in the organizer's point of view. I store my timers in my hallway and my mom yells at me for the space they take up. You are talking about adding a significant amount of storage space to what is already quite a bit....even still, though, is this practical?