It is not. I have asked you time and again to stop your baseless slandering based on assumptions that have absolutely no proper foundation, you are just windbagging the same phrase over and again ('don't insult our intelligence' - have to ask, which intelligence is that supposed to be if you are jumping to all the wrong conclusions?).
I am really tired of this. We have offered all the evidence we have that this was not organized, what else do you want to hear? The only people who can tell the truth are Don and Dan, Don has spoken through us here and you did not believe us, I doubt you will believe Dan should he make a statement here.
I will just say this for now: Everyone who knows Dan and has ever seen him play knows the following things about him:
1) He is (almost) always starting in LHR. We expected him not to because he did not show any interest in our base planning, as he always had before, and he was in MAD in the game before. In all other games, he had started in LHR.
2) He is always running an all or nothing strategy. If he does not manage to build a mega airline or at least emerge as the dominant player in his base, he quits, because that is not what he wants from the game. In this case, he did not emerge as the dominant player, so everyone who has ever seen him play could assume that he would throw the towel sooner or later.
3) Yes, when Dan prepared to shut down he notified us. That's what friends do. Period. If your friends or alliance mates don't do that for you, I pity you. That's not my idea of a team then. I do not see anything wrong about telling us and I don't feel that we broke any rule or played unfairly here for that matter. AT ALL.
This is Gods Truth about what happened. If you don't believe it - that's truly sad, because it shows that you are always expecting the worst from others.
Elite screws up organizing their members properly? Wow, that really must be some weirdly evil genius masterplan to screw other players. Please. Thank you for putting so much faith in our organization, but this is still only a hobby for all of us after all.
I would also like to add that Rickys source here was a spy within our ranks. That's right, some disgusting scumbag maliciously blabbed confidential internal communications to an outsider. THAT is a scandal. What you are doing here is just blowing up a perfectly normal procedure that every alliance does.
I personally have, multiple times now, written PMs to competitors that I knew were going to quit to give me an advance notice. I don't feel that I did any wrong there, and it is really no different to what Don and Dan did here, except that they knew each other.
To summarize: Yes, we knew Dan would quit and we knew when. No, we did not set this up in the long term, and we certainly didn't position Dan in LHR to do this.
We are not cheaters, we just play the game as a team, and when the teamplay goes wrong we try to repair the damage. That is what every other alliance does, that's partly what the alliance concept is about.
'Slot swaps', if you will call it so, have happened before and have never been blown up like this in the past.
I am disgusted by the rush to judgement and jumping to conclusions that happened here. We are all supposed to be adults, I am sure this can be handled in a much more grown up manner than pointing the finger without knowing anything about the actual issue.
That is my take on it. You are free to rip it apart now.