WDC Digest - December 2022

Announced by Sebastiano Tronto on

Dear WCA Community,

The end of 2022 is approaching. We hope that this was a successful year for you, and hope that the upcoming year will be full of even more cubing, records, and fun!

The WDC would like to share with you some insight on the work we have done in the last three months. Firstly, we have concluded a few investigations that could be of interest for you:

  1. A competitor signed up with a new account and registered for a competition despite being banned. This was caught by the Delegates when submitting the results of the competition, and the results of the competitor were removed. This attempt to circumvent a WDC decision has been taken into account to determine the final duration of the ban.
  2. As an unusual coincidence, we had two nearly identical cases of cheating in a blindfolded event on the same weekend, but in two different countries. When confronted with the evidence, the competitors immediately owned up to their mistakes and apologized. The affected results have been disqualified. Given the relatively young age of these competitors, and the fact that they immediately confessed, we concluded both cases with a warning. We believe that they understood their mistake and that bans were not necessary in these cases.
  3. In the past few months there has also been an increase in cases of cube stealing, and we are about to close two investigations related to this. We take this chance to remind all competitors to keep an eye on their belongings at all times and not to leave their puzzles unattended at competitions.

On a different note, you may have noticed that some new members have joined our committee. Indeed, during the past three months the senior members have gone through the applications of 29 candidates, most of whom were potentially excellent WDC members. Of these, 16 candidates were selected for an interview, and finally 8 of the interviewed candidates have been selected to join the Disciplinary Committee.

The new members have taken up their role with great enthusiasm and energy, and have already carried out a few investigations. With their help, the WDC will be better equipped to make sure that the WCA Regulations are followed, and that competitions remain a safe environment for everyone.

To conclude this Digest, we would like to remind everyone to make sure they fully understand the WCA Regulations and competition procedures. If you have any questions, or are unsure about how to do something, please do not hesitate to ask the Delegate(s) of the competition. In addition, if you ever think the competition results are being compromised in any way, or if you see suspicious behavior, please find the nearest Delegate immediately and report the incident.

Do you have questions for the WDC? Feel free to send us an email, or ask your question in the Disciplinary section of the WCA forum.

Sebastiano Tronto
WDC Leader
On behalf of the Disciplinary Committee

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