Yellow-throated Honeyeater wrote:That's not really how NAQT works. If NAQT editors determined that the question was too difficult, they could have used it at an SCT or ICT, or they could have just rejected it. Writers propose a difficulty when they submit a question, but that difficulty is often changed by the editors.
Actually, it used to be like this. For example, my tossup on The Man in the Iron Mask would have this tag to the lower right: <97-332967>, where the 97 identified me as the writer.
The intent was that it would expedite tracking down the author to ask a question if an issue arose during a tournament. Instead, what happened was people knew certain writer codes and it facilitated targeted criticism. Since the attacks far outweighed any positive recognition, the writer codes were subsequently removed.
Before you point the finger at the writer, you should also remember that several editors see the question after it is submitted. I'm certainly capable of mistakes, but I can think of at least once when an editor made a change to one of my questions that I did not agree with, and then I saw that question discussed here.