The NSL News story compared the official score for this jump with the meet video and offered two different interpretations of the critical situation. The first interpretation explained how the official score (5 points) of this jump at the SSL Valentine's Meet could be reached and understood.
The NSL News story included a new topic in the NSL Forum, which came along with a poll option for the visitors. It happened by pure coincidence that the forum's moderator, Elsinore GT member Steve Miller, resumed a different discussion in the forum of the World News at the same time.
This topic was brought up on December 23, 2004, long before the IPC Meeting decided over the rule changes. The NSL News had posted the IPC agenda for the meeting and had asked the NSL audience to provide feedback. The discussion of this topic continued even after the new rules were already posted.
The discussion in the NSL News Forum offers very interesting view points of the potential omission and defends the official score of five points in this Equinox case study. However, the topic created enough controversial feedback, and Steve Miller has not heard back from Judy Celaya yet.
Wellens provided clarification for the Equinox case after reviewing the video. However, it was not great news for the defenders of the official score at the SSL Valentine's Meet in Eloy. Wellens interpreted the critical situation as an omission and would have posted the official score of 2 points:
For me it is a clear omission, they break the inter, before they could reach the Offset. In my opinion, you must have a lot of fantasy to see an attempt to build the Offset. So if you apply the new rules (they are normally valid form May 2005) it is -3 (so the team ends up with 2 points). The intend to give a bigger penalty (for the omission) is that we do not give a -1 for a bust, so a team can take much more advantage by omitting an inter or formation.
Hope this is clear, if there are more questions don’t hesitate to ask.