I have the minority view, so maybe that's why I'm disappointed in how my dogs are judged sometimes
Personally I just hate to see a dog ping-pong back & forth across that laser line regardless of how responsive to the handler. I'd much rather see a dog go with a good initial line with good momentum & carry that line parallel yet close to the laser line with few handles that don't result in ping-ponging.
I used that example because from the blind discussion, it seemed the majority preferred the ping-ping approach. Would that view still be the majority opinion if the parallel running dog had taken the same path but had fewer whistles?
I see this issue & the variance in views (even among judges & especially among handlers) as one that shows up most every FT or HT I see or enter. A real example from a FT this spring was virtually this same question, where I saw a dog 2 whistle a blind where that dog never crossed the laser line yet was never more than 10 yds to the right, only intersecting the line at the bird. Same dog showed great style & momentum. This dog was dropped because the dog didn't cross a ditch prior to some magical point along the path & was judged to not challenge the blind, while another dog ping-ponged back & forth, never really taking a good line yet very responsive to each & every 15-20 whistles along the 300+yds to the bird even though this dog was as variant to the laser line on both sides several times along the way.
Maybe I should start asking judges if they see a line or corridor to the blind?
And BTW, I still don't see how some in the blind discussion think dog B was getting farther from the blind along the way, while clearly dog B was closer with every step.