Contest Enhancements I'd Like to See
Blog Posted:4/24/2014 10:12:00 AM
I see some recurring issues that Premium members are trying to address when posting contests and I think that PS might be able to fix some of them by enhancing the system. Also, I have some additional ideas.
1. Hide the poems
that are in a contest until the contest has been finalized to protect the identity of the poet.
Ideally, only the contest sponsor or judge would be blocked. If this is not practical on a contest level, permit hiding a poem by the poem's author on the "My Poems" page. Then the poet can hide their poem anytime they like. This would eliminate the need to name the poem as specified by the sponsor, provided that contest entries are hidden. Folks don't like to name their poems for a contest and it exposes which poems are in the contest to everyone else as well, simply by doing a search on the poem name. In addition, there are some poets who think the sponsor judges them differently if they can identify them as the author. Hiding the poem protects the judge's reputation as well.
2. Permit one-way messaging from the contest sponsor to a contest author from the contest judging page.
We often get poems that don't belong in the contest or slightly miss a rule. If we can message the author, they have an opportunity to withdraw or fix the problem.
3. Show the date the poem was first posted on the judging page.
Some sponsors want new poems only and depend on the author to date them in the poem body. Showing the actual date eliminates this need.
4. Allow additional PS Premium members to act as judges for a contest instead of only the sponsor.
This would require some additional design, but would help with subjective judging. Authors are cherry-picking their contest entries based on who the sponsor is.