I find the Lake Erie (Canal) swing perfectly readable.
I believe you, I didn't find it perfectly readable. What is your comment on my comment that I posted here:
This lake Erie guy starts with dahdahditditdah unknown character.
The first two dashes are half the length of the fourth one.
Is that next dit daaahdidi dit meant as ede or as le ?
Most likely he starts with 'mule metn'
that next dahdah di dah dahdit is that metn or ttetn or qn?
I think that it is quite wrong to deviate deliberately from International Morse timing as teached in a course, especially in a way that, when demonstrated in the final school test in order to get a professional certificate, it should lead to failing the transmission test.
When we are coming in a situation that a guy is some God and permits himself to sent distorted text, in order to give himself a badge of distinction, we are surely on the wrong track.
Morse is/was a means of communication; in order to do that under severe bad signal conditions you have to meet the utmost of the ideal timing, in order to make the possibility of recognising the sigs the highest possible.
In your head you have a number of templates, and recognising a character or word is finding the best fit with an ideal template, when there is already a severe distortion in the original sending, the change is minimized to recognise the sigs in bad S/N ratio circumstances with QRM and QRN added.
So when we want to promote Morse code in ham society, we don't need guys with (and obviously needing) that kind of distinction badges in order to gain interest in learning the code.
I can imagine generating that kind of code, and the gang is first asking after listening: "Who was the opr?" When they get the answer W0BMU they said: "Fabulous, what a fist what a style, no problem to copy" And when the answer is PA0BLAH or somebody else that is low in the chicken picking order, the answer:
"Terrific, that hyper-mangled stuff you presented here is quite off-putting, enough to keep me from answering a guy sending that kind of mangled code"