For just fun, I have posted to a CW operators' group in facebook regarding how to know someone using a decoder. It says as follows;
1)A few seconds delay to change from reception to transmission.
2)Often omitting name etc, the ordinary format of QSO. And ending transmission with BK.
3)In addition, using a key board.
4)Impossible to communicate other than exchanging call sign.
I was a little bit kidding and added that I would quit there as soon as I identify the guy in QSO using a decoder. Rather, he or she would touch and go before I do that.
There were a lot of comments, pro et contra, as usual for such a post. Beginners seemed to be irritated by such a comment. I should have behaved more courteously. But this thought is still what I think in the usual QSOs.
My reply to the comments is here;
Ｗow, lots of comments!
I just wanted to let you know how I judge certain operator is a decoder user. I won't hate new comers or even decoder users. When I have time free, I would slow down and try to make an ordinary QSO in "traditional" style. I am not very happy to work anyone who just hits and runs. Whenever I read various posts/comments here, there are different kinds of topics by CW operators with different background. I hope you to mix them up. I believe, when you would be a CW operator who could communicate on CW fluently, there are 3 steps.
1) Remebering code
2) Getting used to QSO in traditional style
3) Talking freely on this mode with the skill of head copy. 2) and 3) often goes at the same time in a person.
But 3) is difficult to achieve without being conscious of head copying. If you are accoustomed with writing down message or even with using decorder, it bothers you to accomplish this step. One additional and most important point is that only when you could get through 3) step, you may have pleasure of CW communication. It is related with rewarding sense in your mind which comes from reading the message through expectation in head copy. This point is regarded needless to comment by old timer with proficiency. As the other easy going communication modes are accessible among new comers, this point should be emphasized. Only grinding away at head copying would give you the real pleasure of CW communication.