2 years ago, updated 6 months ago
We have several members returning or becoming active again and there seems to be a bit of confusion as to the weekly contest. I'm putting this explanation out here to help everyone understand the "new" process.
A couple of years ago we had Janis change the contest page. It used to be that judges voted during the week and their votes moved nominated poems up the nominations page.
In order to prevent the judges from knowing how the others were voting we had Janis set the nominations page to list the poems in random order. That change brought a whole new order of problems, since the judges would select the poems, but then had to search through all nominated poems for their selections. When Janis changed the site we had him leave them static, so now the poems are ordered in the sequence of nomination.
Also, under the rules we established at that time, judges do not vote until the weekend. Additionally nominations are blocked beginning Friday night at midnight (PnQ time) and remain blocked for the weekend. This allows the judges to read all nominated poems before voting.
At the same time we did away with the term "senior member" and replaced it with "nominator status" which enables that member to nominate poems to the weekly contest. Nominator status, reflected by a gold C badge, is achieved once the member has earned 10 praised comments.
Finally, we tightened up the criteria for approving praised comments. Mere glowing praise for a poem, however long, should not be approved, even where the poem is extensively quoted. There must be some cogent analysis, some meaningful feedback or at least substantial suggestions for improvement. Each comment is assessed on a case-by-case basis. With seven mods and since it is a subjective process, the results must vary.
If you wish further conversation on the matter, please feel free to comment.