I've been following this contest since its inception and I've been tracking the progress of several maps,
so I feel compelled to voice my opinion here.
First, congrats to Tom for coming up with this contest idea that proved very popular among members (15 entries, 35 entrants and some quality releases in a limited time period) and for including a poll to
screen the entries and involve the community in the process.
And this brings me to the first point: While I appreciate the effort put by Tom in such short time to
make the poll, I don't think that it's a beneficial concept for the contest. As Paul and Tatu mentioned
earlier, the poll can quickly degenerate into a popularity contest where the submitter with most
friends/connections will get the bigger number of votes. Of course, I'm not trying to point fingers here
and I'm certainly not saying that all members will do it this way; but this poll, as it is now, will be
the perfect platform for such popularity votes which can be at the expense of eliminating other entries
whose submitters are not "well connected".
In my opinion, the panel of expert judges should be the only authority to perform a preliminary screening
and decide the winner at a second stage.
My second point would have to do with multiple entries selection (Tom confirmed the implementation in the
As Giblets and J4CK8 pointed out, selecting only one entry with such an array of quality submissions can prove tricky. I was following 3-4 entries that I liked (they showed skill and craftsmanship, and not because I'm a friend of the submitters, mind you :) and wanted to vote for them; but the current system allows for 1 vote only which is why I think I will refrain from voting this time.
My third point, which was also mentioned by J4CK8, is about
the multitude of games that are present in the contest.
Many members do not own all the games used in the
contest, which means that many submissions won't be played by enough people to get a sufficient number of
votes to pass the first stage. Some submissions could be real gems that will go unnoticed since many
people won't vote for them judging only by the screenshots.
This point further supports my first point that only a panel of experts with access to all games should
perform the screening and deliver the final judgment.
Finally, let me conclude by saying I'm not trying to undermine the excellent job that Tom is doing with
the poll/contest and I'm definitely not questioning the integrity of the contest's outcome; I trust the
judges will do the right things and I wish all contestants the best of luck in this contest and future
That was a lengthy post :P
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