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To all judges who want names on contest entries

Blog Posted:5/1/2012 5:44:00 PM
Could the judges who ask for names, please explain to my why they want them? Because it seems to me that the judgement is biased from the get-go if people include this information.
There's NO WAY that it does not influence you in some way to know who wrote what.

It does however, give you a way to EXCLUDE some people from your winner's lists. 

Or guarantee your friends a placement.

Is this really how you want the site to work?

Shouldn't the QUALITY of the work matter more than who wrote it?

I've heard that some judges want them so they can notify people of their errors. Well guess what. People can spellcheck themselves and if they don't, you can choose not to place their work. Or, you can search for their poem AFTER you know where you want to place them and notify them of their error(s).

And I don't know about anyone else, but I feel guilty if I don't place someone's work that I know, because I tried the whole giving names thing. I have no guilt now about liking what I like, no matter who wrote it, when the entries are anonymous. It's actually very freeing.

I'm not trying to stir up shit. I just think this issue should be readressed with so many new people coming in and new judges too.

Black Eyed Susan ( I wouldn't want you to disregard my message for not signing my name ;)  )

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  1. Date: 5/4/2012 12:39:00 PM
    Even though I left no name on my contest entry' it was still removed after the sponsor spotted my name among the winners. Shortly than after she removed my win. My win still managed one congratulations in the ku ku contest. I suppose the boy beneath me must be related to her They think alike' remove someone' if ya don't like em'

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 10:29:00 AM
    on a side not why can people you have blocked enter your contest and how come you cant kick people out of your contest i had several entries that didnt even follow guidlines or have anything to do with the subject matter i bet they do it just to get free comunity points the soup needs to interfene

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 9:06:00 AM
    p.s. screw all the people trying to be noble like their shit dont stink. everyon hates escpecially on this drama club of a site

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  1. Date: 5/3/2012 9:05:00 AM
    oh there is nothing wrong with a little hate and exculding people you hate from your contest. its easier on the emotions you dont want to read some poem by someone retard you hate and place them first then find out hey you hate that person and they wrote a poem you liked it just complicates internal emotions for everyone. so i say let the haters hate as long as they are not hurting anyone

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 9:20:00 PM
    I agree. I've seen some with multiple winners in the same 1st, and 2nd place slot. 2 men enter the ring, one comes out the victor. Good observation. The shit need stirring!

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 8:31:00 PM
    susan this ended up being hottest blog of the entire month (then again it's barely started, heehee). I like the good spiritedness that prevailed in your blog today. And believe me, when I trash stuff, nobody is seeing it ever again! (referring to my printouts of no name poems) Is that what you were asking me about? My own poems I put in scrapbooks.

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 4:37:00 PM
    I personally don't toss out an entry that doesn't have a name I search the poem and then soup mail the poet to give them a heads up. If you read through my contest winners over my time here you will see I am fair and pick the poem not the poet that moves me. I can't speak for all just myself. Michael

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 3:05:00 PM
    Why can't the Judges which wish the Poet's Name..simply REQUEST IT..and NOT toss out verses which did not put their names on say you only want to help if this is so make it a REQUEST not a RULE

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 1:51:00 PM
    Thanks, Ruben. love and hugs, catie :)

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 1:45:00 PM
    I was teasing you Tex. I'm cranky today, the dentist made me :•(

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 1:39:00 PM
    You know im just kidding.. I'll behave Wink wink! Susan, your blog has inspired me not to ask for names some where in the near future. Starting in a couple of comments on the bottom are based on humor..I judge everybody the same... With my pointy right finger.. ;-) Great blog... Hope you made many of us think.. good night..pd

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 11:40:00 AM
    Thanks Ruben. I shall. You have a good day my friend. Michael

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 11:20:00 AM
    @ Michael "the Cooperative": Thanks! : ) I agree with you, contests are for fun. Send a Happy B-day to your wife. @ Catie: I know you never ask for names; I just mentioned you because you are the only sponsor who has pointed a mistake on my entry. @ Everybody: Have a wonderful day! Ruben.

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 10:22:00 AM
    Well said David. Well said.

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 10:01:00 AM
    seriously, I comment to a lot of "newbies" trying to coax them into entering contests, hoping to see new names in all contests, as for names I really couldn't care less as one poet said below quite often you can tell a poet's style by reading their work, I agree with Michael, yes we are friends but if I did not place in his contest I would simply try harder and visa versa, and I think most here are the same, we all look for different things in contests...David

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 9:47:00 AM
    I also wanted to mention that Chris had a good point way down there - that we just naturally are drawn to our favorite poets' works. Sometimes these people are our friends too, but it doesn't mean we are placing them because they're our friends. I hope we all place the poems we like best, period. I hope no one here places their friends because they're friends or disses someone because they're not.

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 9:43:00 AM
    Yuk indeed!!! Susan. Crazy NewYorkers. I think David May be drunk but how else can I get in his top ten. Lol.

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 9:16:00 AM
    lol. you had me going there for a second michael about the for the reusing of tools, yuck! so gross and scary! and david, what do you prefer? names or no names?

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 9:14:00 AM
    Deborah, I don't print my poems out. I did once and then shredded them, because I am paranoid about poem theft. I don't think it would happen, that there are people trolling around dumps, but you never know. I don't know what Andrea does with hers. Hopefully she'll see your comment and address it.

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 9:13:00 AM
    just my 50 pence worth I run contests and do both, names and not, my latest is no names,no pics, I hate those bloody pics he he, as for names I really don't mind if they are there or not as I hate all the entrees ha ha ha ha, just joking, get your finger off that delete from contest button, by the way Michael I think you will win it, oops......

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 8:56:00 AM
    Yes his apt was but from the pics it looked like a horror movie. Why would someone step in there?? I think he advertised but not sure. Nothing was sterile and he used the same instruments on numerous patients. Wonderful right?? People are crazy. He also ran poetry contests in the waiting room but didn't require poets name on it lol. Just teasing

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 8:46:00 AM
    Was his apt. set up like an office? Did he advertise? How did people find him and how did he get caught? Shudders.

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 8:44:00 AM
    One thing just crossed my mind: what becomes of all the no-name poems that have been printed out? and whey can they be printed? just wondering o/0 ...all this seems to take up time from writing poetry and encouraging others...I'm walking out of class now with my pen and notebook...going to find,deb

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 8:39:00 AM
    Susan I did!! We joked about before he numbed my whole mouth lol. Also in NY city there was a guy running a dentist office out of his apartment and he isn't even a dentist. Great articles to read prior to going lol.

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 8:37:00 AM

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 8:31:00 AM
    Michael, good thing you didn't read the article in yahoo yesterday before you went (or did u?). Ex-boyfriend goes to ex-girlfriend dentist and she puts him under and takes out all his teeth! Scary what someone could do to you!

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 8:22:00 AM
    And yes Andrea, the pictures do show up with the poem if they're posted that way.

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 8:22:00 AM
    Hey Susan at least I didn't bring up fingerprints or dental records. Btw just left the dentist ( no humor in that one) lol. Will do Hun. xox " Michael The Cooperitive "

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 8:13:00 AM
    Thanks Michael. Please let me know what you think of it. Like or dislike. SS #'s? What a hoot!

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  1. Date: 5/2/2012 8:09:00 AM
    Next contest I want last four digits of your SS# or a photo copy of your passport. Lol. Just having fun. Good topic Susan. Hugs n luv "Michael the quiet". Lol. Ps. Hey Tex this is a serious situation , behave!! Lol

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