cynthia rose wrote:So we're going to completely ignore the fact that I just pointed out that background color/being a passport photo isn't mentioned anywhere in LSAC's rules whether you look at the pictures or not (and the proctor was trying to dismiss people on these two things). Okay.
No, certainly not.
cynthia rose wrote:
a) When you do click that link on LSAC's page there is an unacceptable picture marked "Background Not Plain" because the person is standing in front of some sort of painting or picture. But there is not one unacceptable picture that mentions not having a white or neutral colored background or not being a "passport" photo.
b) And I also agree that the page with the examples of what is an appropriate/inappropriate photo isn't necessarily easy to find. I stumbled on it completely by accident myself, only because it was mentioned in the LSAC reminder alert they emailed to me three times in the two days before the test. I almost didn't bother to click it because they had just stated in plain, easily understandable language what they require - and the phrases "passport" and "white or neutral colored background" aren't anywhere in the instructions. So no, it's actually NOT stipulated in the rules nor is it illustrated with pictures. That proctor was overreaching.
a) Your argument fails on vocabulary grounds. In the context of a photograph plain background means nothing in the background. Notice the example unacceptable photo that has a shadow in the background. Sure, the requirement could also be phrased as requiring a neutral background, an unadorned background, a background without hue, etc.
A few relevant definitions of 'plain':
Not mixed with other substances; pure
Not pretentious; unaffected.
Marked by little or no ornamentation or decoration.
Not dyed, twilled, or patterned.
A problem we run into with your vocabulary objection relates to the complaint from anthony55 about the volume of the 'day of the test' rules text that students are supposed to read and follow. If LSAC were to unequivocally state the photo requirement rule in every possible way it can be phrased in English using all available adjectives, it would add another page or two to the 'day of test' rules text and people would complain about its length.
Instead of doing that they went with a simple kindergarten understanding level collage of example photographs along with the text.
b) I agree that the link to the photograph examples page isn't well placed or in an attention getting CLICK HERE NOW!!!
fashion. However, as you stated, to make sure everybody registered for the test knew ahead of time about the requirement, LSAC sent out a reminder email THREE times. There is only so much mollycoddling LSAC can do. It appears to me that they are practically bending over backwards to create a smooth as possible and fair test environment for everyone.
However, as I stated above, you guys are adults now and trying to get into graduate school to become lawyers. I hope that most test takers capable of achieving a respectable LSAT score have transitioned out of the teenage phase of thinking they know everything, but I am frequently disappointed. Grow up already people, you are just at the beginning of learning the realities of the mechanisms that govern society.