; Date: Mon Feb 06 2006
A question that's come up around the Regressions Contest is:- Why are various countries restricted from participating?
This has to do with laws and lawyers. No doubt you'll have seen this in other contests, especially if you've read the fine print. The phrase is: "void where prohibited by law" ...
In designing this contest we went through an interesting and probably excruciating exercise. We got some lawyers to research for us a set of contest rules that were as compatible with as many countries as possible. That turns out to be very difficult because the law governing contests varies so much from country to country, in incompatible ways. The lawyers did the best they could, but there's only so much one can do to harmonize conflicting laws.