I think a big problem with BJCP judges is that some get into it to just rip on other peoples beers.
you have a lot of good points but I think your argument loses credibility when you say things like this. Do you honestly think anyone would spend months studying for an exam they might have had to sign up for more than a year in advancce, write an exam for three hours until their hand was completely cramped, and perhaps spend thousands of dollars a year travelling to competitions just so they can "rip on other people's beers"?
Seriously. If I wanted to be an a**hole and "rip on other people's beers", I could just go to one of the many local breweries and nit pick.
Would I study for months, drive 500 miles to take the test and travel all over the Midwest (and to Seattle! - 1800 miles away), take DAYS out of my life and wade through drinking tons of beer just so I can be critical of your beer? LOLOLOLOLOL.
I judge beer to hopefully give brewers the feedback they are looking for so they can make their beers better. Simple as that.
Like Tom Sawyer was saying I feel like there are plenty of judges that are too critical when they judge. I have judged beers that I wanted to score 46 or higher but for some reason I'm not allowed to do this because these beers are not possible. Every beer judged doesn't always need to be made better, right?
I just think some people feel entitled to rip on other peoples beers because they took the BJCP exam. I personally thought all the beers on my tasting portion were no good. I later found out that most of them were from the now bankrupt Walter Paytons Roundhouse. So I did not score well because the proctor thought most of these beers were good to excellent.
I just wish that if there is a good beer it could score higher than a 42. But it never seems to happen. I also wish that people would speak up if they are placed in a category they are not familiar with.
I think overall most competitions do extremely for what they've got. Also, every bottle is different for homebrewers so sometimes I people can get bent out of shape if you happen to get a bad bottle and then the beer scores well elsewhere