In recent contests I have noticed a trend of seriously weird judging.
At first I thought perhaps it's a one off. But now I see that it is consistant and it is seriously worrying, and makes me wonder if there is any point in these contests other than the one with a fan club winning!
Let's start with the Grand prize winner of Valentines contest. Seriously is that the best? It's a basic card. Granted it's nice. But nothing unusual. There are other entries that are way better. Cards and also entries that are not cards.
And finalists? ? How can a tea bag get in when some entries that didn't make the finalists are so much well thought of! The same Tea bag is in Pinterest.it is slightly adjusted.
Again is it the followers just voting for their favorite fan irrespective of the quality of the instructable.
Moving on to the papercraft contest.
This I'm happy to say the grand prize winner is well deserved. The first place was also good!The rest? Let's see; Decopage flooring over a lamp?No way.Lamp deserves the 2nd prize.
A book sculpture where the instructions are pretty basic. Infact there are no documentation of the process of all the main components except for one, where the formation of the tree is shown. For all we know the author could have taken the already made pieces from a bought sculpture and just add it. While simply writing the instructions below. Sorry but I don't think that deserve a prize too (especially the explorer). The Origami Dragon was much better! With propper instructions.
The swirly flowers? Again not second prize, perhaps runner up?This persons most projects end up winning prizes only through her followers votes.I am sorry to say this ,but thats the reality according to my judgement.
Let's see the runner ups! How in the world 2 book binding and a card and the birdcage made it?I don't know!
Lets see. Bird cage,loads of precut motives just assebled beautifully.
Book binding? Isn't that like so basic compared to some amazing quilling techniques shown in some entries?
The doctor who card? Well I guess there has to be something of doctor who as everyone is so crazy about it!
Now the latest crazy judging. The Pie decorating contest! That is definitely not deserving for decorating! Read the comments! Not one comment about the beauty of the decoration! ! Just the recipe. Perhaps you should change the the prize name and make it 2 Grand Prize for recipe.
It is obvious which should win the decoration prize as it stands out! That is what decoration is about. Perhaps the judjes don't understand.
This latest madness in the pie contest has forced me to write this.
I think sometimes giving the judging to be done by members might seriously damage the fairness of judging. What if the judges are devote followers of the finalist? Perhsps then it's an automatic 10? Instead of a yuk