Hello Smart People:
I had a question about the use of electronics (netbooks, computers, smart phones, dumb phones) being used during a slam-- mainly is it allowed?
I put together a list of rules for the (not certified) slam series I run in Manassas, VA; one of my rules is that use of electronics disqualifies the participant, but paper is allowed. I felt like I got that from somewhere. So when my teammates from Richmond and I were traveling to a W&YI this past weekend, we had a teammate write out her poem on paper in case she couldnít use her phone. (Another competitor used a phone so we knew it was okay, but she felt more comfortable using the paper anyway.)
Because Iíve been tragically wrong about another rule recently (sampling), and because of that whole Iím human and prone to error thing, I asked people I felt would be in the know about electronics use. I got two answers: a) No they are not allowed because it's a prop, basically and because they have clocks on them it is a way to cheat.
b)(Yes they are allowed because) I think it is considered the same as a piece of paper unless you refer to it in the poem.
Also thereís a c) my own theory - accessibility: as there few, very few people who do not have access to a phone, one person cannot use what all donít have access to (I am more certain than ever this is the most incorrect of the three).
So what is the rule, on what level (regionals, nationals) is enforced, and where can I find it to point others to it?
This is my first time doing this. Please be gentle.