Stopping the timer - fingers touching the pads?

Pedro_S (2008-10-14 13:39:27 +0000)
Oliver Perge posted some videos on youtube of his magic solves: http://www.speedsolving.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6865 no doubt he's insanely fast, but his stopping seems ilegal. this is what the regulations say: [b:12cxxiff]A6) Ending the solve[/b:12cxxiff] (...) # A6c) The timer must be stopped using both hands, with both hands flat and palms down. Penalty: 2 seconds. # A6d) The competitor must fully release the puzzle before stopping the timer. Penalty: 2 seconds. as Stefan pointed out there, the regs were changed, July 2006: http://www.worldcubeassociation.org/reg ... story.html "Ending the solve: Rewritten. No need to stop with fingers anymore." so I was wondering. Why have different procedure/requirements for starting and stopping the solve? wouldn't it be easier to judge if both had the same standard? isn't this new way allowing for people to stop with end of the palms and having hands not flat and/or palms not down? or even touching the puzzle as they stop? I took a couple pictures showing stopping possibilities. Thy are all legal according to the regulations (in my point of view). But only the first 2 are legal for starting (again in my point of view). http://img264.imageshack.us/img264/9018 ... 39aww6.jpg http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/8785 ... 40aty7.jpg http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/9421 ... 41avl6.jpg http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/2456 ... 42aan3.jpg
Ron (2008-10-14 19:38:27 +0000)
Hi Pedro, [quote:35mdhbkx]Why have different procedure/requirements for starting and stopping the solve?[/quote:35mdhbkx] That has been discussed before. The starting goes slow, the stopping goes very fast. The reason it is this way is because it is very hard to judge the stopping of the timer. In the past there were a lot of cases where some people would say OK, some would give a warning and some would give a penalty. I think it is very clear now. [quote:35mdhbkx]isn't this new way allowing for people to stop with end of the palms[/quote:35mdhbkx] Yes. [quote:35mdhbkx]and having hands not flat and/or palms not down? or even touching the puzzle as they stop?[/quote:35mdhbkx] Rules say: hands flat, palms down, not touching the puzzles. Ron