At the end of Season One I can clearly remember saying that Season Two on CTP Teams would be very interesting indeed.
However I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so dramatic as it has been so far…and we are only just into week two.
The latest big news is that Robert Arnold has stepped down as leader of TE Racing League and has also quit the team.
What? Another awesome leader gone already. Is there something in the water?
Carl Belcher has taken over from Robert as team leader and I have no doubt that he will do a great job.
There is no drama or sinister motive to this latest departure and, indeed, Robert has written a full post explaining his decision on his Ragin’ Redneck Rants blog.
In short he thought there was a conflict of interest in owning a program which has CTP badges (lots and lots of CTP badges actually) and being in CTP Teams. In addition he wants to free up time so he can focus on his business.
“I have badges at TERL. A whole lot of badges. What would prevent me from making those badges exclusive to my TEAM. That could create an advantage. It may not be against rules, but it could be considered unethical. On that same token, I could prevent other teams from gaining rewards when they actually achieve what is being promoted.
“The same could be said for the occasional badge hunt. An individual, or owner, could purchase a badge, hoard it so that no one else will claim it, and then go out and get the rest out there, thus guaranteeing the grand prize. Once again, this may not be against the rules, but could be considered unethical. The same with Giveaway XP.
“So, and this is my personal position…if you are an owner of a business, work for a business, or use the promotions of another business in which there is a competition in which those participating can win prizes, whether it be cash or non-cash prizes, in order to prevent or remove any doubt of inappropriate possibilities, those individuals should not participate in those competitions and/or promotions.”
Just because he has stepped down from his team this does not mean we have heard the last of Mr Arnold…not by a long chalk I suspect.
Read more: Ragin’ Redneck Rants – Ethics