2 years ago
I think they keep judges identities private beyond their term because they may be called to judge further terms in the future and being identified as a known judge could compromise their judging capabilities.
(For example writers might try and vote up the poems of people they know to be judges in an attempt to curry favour etc).
What I think is more important is that the public voting system should be changed to force people to identify themselves when voting to try and discourage the anonymous people who deliberately mark down poems to give writers a lower level mark even when the poem doesn't warrant a lower mark.
This behaviour of unwarranted marking down is becoming more and more noticeable and is very unfair and underhand and needs to be addressed