I've spoken to some people about trying a new voting format which would loosely go something like this...
we crown 1st 2nd and 3rd places each contest and then let the 1st place winner choose a theme and keep all the duties they have always had of making the threads and everything. Then after submission period closes, the 3 people would choose a panel of 3 new winners by voting amongst themselves (choosing a 1st 2nd and 3rd place). then we do a 24hr (public) voting round with 1 vote only for one of the 3 photos chosen from the "panel of judges".
effectively this would mean:
-faster contest turn around - the judges all vote in 1 day and then the public round is only 24 hrs so max of 2 days voting time till a winner is crowned.
-winners of contests actually win more than just more work. you have been chosen by your peers as someone who can construct a quality photo so that gives you the honor of judging others photos with the good eye you possess.
-more people feel validated in being recognized for their work in a contest. many times
there are 4 or 5 photos that could easily be winners.
-most importantly, keeps the voting consistent and doesn't turn the contest into whos friends with whom.
Last edited by UdubBadger; 11-08-2011 at 06:11 PM.