posted on Jul, 3 2017 @ 11:25 AM
a reply to: szino9
So, for that to work you'd need a pair of non-judging coordinators who delegated the stories to the judges, author info removed.
Would work like this:
Contestants submit stories by PM to BOTH coordinators.
Coordinators record authorship, remove author info, then pass stories on to 5 members of the 6-member panel. (Reason for 5 and not 6: that way the
panel members can participate, the coordinators just do not send them their own story.)
Panel members return scores to coordinators, who record scores with authorship. Each coordinator keeps their own record of scores.
At end of contest, each coordinator submits their record of scores to a Mod who verifies integrity or works with coords/judges to resolve any
inconsistencies (to prevent manipulation by coords).
Mod or contest operator posts verified winners.
You could also ask/require each panel member to keep their own record of scores per story. That would serve as a secondary check against any
It's a lot more complicated than simple stars/flags, and would require administrative contribution of the contest participants. But, I kind of think
if the writing community here believes there is a certain popularity-contest aspect to the current system, and wants to reduce it, this might help.
Just some thoughts on it, that's all.