reply to post by Scope and a Beam
It's not that this concern hasn't been previously aired, believe me. I've heard it both in pm's and also in related threads.
There used to be 'judging panels', which, after much reading and juggling, would eventually come up with winners. It was never
an easy go. For
one thing, those who volunteered to sit as a judge needed to read all
the stories after
the contest closed. Some of us would try to
read/rate them as they were posted, but a very good entry on the last day could upset everything, so back to the story list it was. Often, it would
take weeks or even more than a month of pm's back and forth before the panel could agree.
Another problem which came up during the times we asked for panel volunteers from the membership was that some never came up with their picks. I
remember one contest where zero volunteers came through. Even trying to get the mod staff to form a panel was tough going simply because it's such a
time consuming project.
So... it was decided that a new way was required and we came up with the flagging strategy.
Interestingly, this allows for contests to end with winners announced immediately and new contests to be formed within 24 hours. With judging panels,
we were lucky to have 3 or 4 contests a year. This way, we can have 12 at the very least... once a month, which is what I'm trying to do now.
What I hope to see grow is that the ATS membership will get used to seeing contest entries get posted with the usual [?WC] in the title, know
that they are judged by flags and perhaps hand one out for the stories they like. Since the first contest was formatted in this manner, I've noticed a
growing interest across the membership, with many new members jumping in with posts or stories of their own creation. That's wonderful because I've
noticed some members didn't even know there were contests for years.
I agree that an older member's popularity may play a part as this contest judging method starts out, but hope that will give way as the contests
themselves get more popular with readers. Going back over the many years I've been involved in writing contests, it's obvious that it IS getting a
positive reaction... more stories are submitted and the number of flags received are growing.
The bottom line is this... if we can't organize judging panels we can count on for prompt choices they can all agree on, without 101 pm's and weeks of
wrangling being involved, the alternative is going to be what we have now. Either that or no contests at all and I certainly don't like that idea.
edit on 12/3/12 by masqua because: spllng