Originally Posted by Xin it to Win It
My long-term goal is to make contests that people feel good about entering and have a good time building their entries… Keep the input flowing.
Well since you asked for suggestions…
(1) Please provide greater clarity of the rules and greater agreement between the judges and Riot employees of those rules in future contests
: I won’t belabor this point because it’s already been discussed ad nauseam in this thread.
(2) Please provide greater feedback in the announcement threads before the contest deadline
: People have already brought this up so I won’t harp on this. I do want to add though that there is already a great deal of Riot participation in the new Digi-Art contest thread, so this may be a non-issue already, with the lack of feedback for the Gingerbread contest being a fluke because everyone was away for the holidays. ^.^
(3) Please do not mix EU entries with NA entries during the voting phase if the contests themselves are separate
: No good can come of this. While it sounds cool to give people the opportunity to see the entries submitted in our sister servers, in practice it’s just a recipe for disaster. Even if the entries were better labeled as “NA” or “EU”, mixing the entries up during the voting phase when the contests themselves are separate is just begging to (1) create additional questions for people, (2) create more confusion, and (3) create potential discord between NA and EU players like it has here. Rather, just include the winners from all the servers in the final post announcing the winners. That way everyone is happy, and everyone can still see the best of the best on what our sister servers have been up to.
(4) Please let us vote for more than one entry in future contests
: In the Noxus Nom contest, we could vote for as many entries as we wanted to. I’m not sure what value is added by restricting our number of votes to just one, especially for a contest that’s going to pick five winners anyways. Please let us vote for as many entries as there are going to be winners in the future. If anything, this encourages more honest voting because now people can vote for their friends’ entries as well as any other entries they feel deserve to win.
(5) Please limit voting rights to LoL players
: Over 15,000 votes were cast in this contest where voting was open to anyone whereas it looks like in the Noxus Nom contest where voting was open for several days longer than this one but open only to LoL players, a little over 1,000 votes were cast . This seems… a bit dodgy to me. First, letting anyone cast a vote opens up the contest to potential abuses like IP randomized votes. Second, in an age of Facebook and Twitter, no value is added to the contest or the LoL community by having someone with 100 followers on twitter just twit a voting link to their entry to garner 100 instant votes for their submission from people who have never played LoL, never will play LoL, and have no stake in the LoL community. By limiting voting rights to actual LoL players, you limit the possibility for abuse and let the people who actually have a stake in the community be the determining voice in the contests.
(6) Please proofread the announcements and rules before publication
: I know this one sounds silly, but hear me out please. One of the largest points of confusion going in to the Gingerbread contest was the deadline date stemming from a typographical error in the rules page. The Digi-Art contest announcement and rules pages contained three typographical errors, one of them being the start date for the contest. >.< Two of those errors including the date have since been corrected, though the third typo still remains. A simple proofread should be sufficient to catch these errors, and while most of these errors are harmless, some of them can lead to a great deal of confusion.
(7) Lastly, I don’t envy your position Bazner… at… all… but you’ve been nothing but courteous throughout this thread, and I think you’re doing a solid job with the tools available. So please keep up the good work.